Everson man, 79, killed in tractor accident


EVERSON - A retired dairy farmer has died after getting crushed by a tractor at his Everson home.

No signs of foul play were found in the death of Jake Tiemersma Jr., 79, according to the Whatcom County Medical Examiner's Office. Tiemersma suffered the fatal injuries in his barn on North Washington Street late Thursday evening, April 18.

Police arrived to find his large utility tractor, equipped with a front-loader, pressing up against a wall of the barn, still running, about 35 feet away from Tiemersma's body, said Everson Police Chief Dan MacPhee. The tractor had rolled over him.

"How he ended up off the tractor, we don't know," MacPhee said.

Investigators aren't sure what work he planned to do in the barn. But MacPhee noted Tiemersma was active for a man his age. He often would do chores on his 30 acres of farmland.

Tiemersma is survived by his wife and a large extended family. He moved to Everson from the Netherlands with his parents in 1947, according to an obituary. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Faith Christian Fellowship, 109 W. Third St. in Everson.

A family member declined an interview.


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