Kurt Don Schlect, a lifelong grower in the Yakima Valley, passed away Feb. 5 at the University of Washington Medical Center due to complications of a double lung transplant in early September 2016. Kurt was a longtime partner at Highland Fruit Growers, Inc in Yakima and was vice president of the board
Jim Moore, a longtime fruit breeder, who was influential in the tree fruit industry died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at age 85, according to a news release from the University of Arkansas.
Moore, who held a doctorate from Rutgers University, established the fruit breeding program at the University of Arkansas in
Bruce A. Zahn, a prominent grower who lived in Bridgeport, Washington, passed away December 9, 2016, at age 91.
According to his granddaughter, Darby (Zahn) Jones, Zahn served as president of the Washington State
Horticultural Association in 1991. “He loved the fruit industry and spent many hours of his life contributing to
Fred Valentine, a longtime field horticulturist and former president of the Washington State Horticultural Association, died December 4. He was 81.
Valentine was born in Tennessee, and his family moved to Peshastin, Washington, when he was a child.
He worked as a field horticulturist for Blue Star Growers for more than 30
Two prominent Washington State winemakers have died in recent days. The Yakima Herald reports that Mike Wallace owner of Hinzerling Winery and one of Prosser’s original winemakers, died over the weekend after complications from pneumonia. And Scott Pontin, 53, died Monday, reportedly from a heart attack. He was the owner and winemaker
Our condolences to the family of the late Dorothy Plath, who died July 31 at age 91. She was a celebrated philanthropist, civic leader and beloved mother of the family that runs Washington Fruit and Produce Co. in Yakima, Washington.
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Dr. Gordon Guyer, Michigan State University’s 18th president and longtime head of MSU Extension, has died. He was 89 years old.
Guyer attempted to retire twice in his career — the first time, immediately after his tenure as director of MSU Extension (1973-85) in 1986. Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard had other
Marvin Sundquist, retired owner of Sundquist Fruit and Cold Storage in Yakima, Washington, died Saturday. He was 89.
Sundquist Fruit & Cold Storage originated in 1922, when Ralph Sundquist, father of Marvin, agreed to manage an investor-owned fruit-growing operation in the lower Naches area of the Upper Yakima Valley in Washington
Richard Lehnert, associate editor with Good Fruit Grower for the past six years, died suddenly August 31 at his home in Trufant, Michigan. He was 72.
Lehnert received numerous awards during his 52-year career as an agricultural journalist. Earlier this year, he received the Distinguished Service Award from Michigan State University
Robert Snyder, a former partner at C&O Nursery in Wenatchee, Washington, died June 19 at the age of 94.
Snyder grew up in Wenatchee. He became a U.S. Air Force cadet and graduated from the Hancock Foundation College of Aeronautics in California. He later earned a degree in business administration from
Michigan’s cherry industry lost a visionary leader with the death of Gene Veliquette. The influential grower died June 7 in Traverse City. He was 67.
After buying his first farm in 1970 with his brother Norm and twin brother Dean, Veliquette began raising cherries and quickly became an industry leader.
Jack Jones, grower and entrepreneur from Quincy, Washington, was known for doing things in a big way. He welcomed new challenges as he diversified from the family’s potato growing and packing operation to growing tree fruit and wine grapes to building a winery and a large custom grape crushing facility.
Retired Washington State University Cooperative Extension agent Richard “Dick” Bartram, who was an authority on apple maturity and storage, died February 19, aged 94.
Bartram was born in Chelan, Washington, and grew up on the family orchard. He graduated from Washington State College in 1943 with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture.
Diversified grower, rancher, and founder of Goose Ridge Winery Arvid Monson, 73, died December 1. The long time Yakima Valley, Washington, cattleman will be remembered for his handshake business dealings and innovations in tree fruit and wine grapes.
Monson grew up in Yakima and graduated from Selah High School in 1959.
Mike Miller, 67, known for his infectious grin, had deep roots in Washington’s Yakima Valley agriculture.
His grandfather helped to bring irrigation water to land northeast of the Yakima River and his father was one of the first to plant wine grapes in Yakima Valley in 1968. Miller, who founded Airfield
Journalist Helen Patricia Hagood, who wrote for Good Fruit Grower during the 1970s, died in Springfield, Oregon, on September 13. She was 89.
Hagood was born in Dixonville, Oregon. After graduating from Roseburg High School, she attended Oregon State College in Corvallis, Oregon, where she was the first female editor of
British Columbia orchardist Joe Sardinha will be remembered for his efforts to unify the tree fruit industry both within the province and across Canada.
Sardinha, president of the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association from 2005 to 2011, died August 31 of a heart attack. He was 52.
Glen Lucas, general manager of
Joe Sardinha, former president of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association, passed away August 31, the Penticton Herald reported.
The Summerland, B.C., orchardist served as president of the association from 2005 to 2011. He was 52. Sardinha was described as a great leader for the B.C. fruit industry.
“Joe’s death was totally unexpected.
Albert Ravenholt was a visionary. In 1968, he and founding Sagemoor Farms partner Alec Bayless shared a belief that tree fruit and wine grapes would thrive in Washington’s Columbia Basin, an area then still mainly scrub brush and tumbleweeds. Ravenholt of Seattle, Washington, died on April 25 at the age
Charles L. “Charlie” Bennett, 64, who spent his career working on the rootstock development program at Cornell University in Geneva, New York, died February 24.
He began working in the mid-1960s for the New York State Fruit Testing Association in Geneva. He was mainly involved with plant propagation and was skilled