California grape grower Sarabian dies

12/05/2012 05:36:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Sarkis SarabianSarabianSarkis Sarabian, former president of Sarabian Farms and a past board chairman for the California Grape & Tree Fruit League, died Nov. 30. He was 79.

Sanger, Calif.-based Sarabian Farms is a grower-shipper of grapes, melons, Asian vegetables and other items. Its label is Sark’s Sunshine Fresh.

Sarabian joined the league as a grower member in 1974 and was chairman in 1989 and 1990. He served on several committees, including standardization and packaging, environmental resources and marketing research.

In 2008, he became the first recipient of the California Grape & Tree Fruit League’s lifetime achievement award, according to a news release.

Sarabian is survived by his wife, Virginia; sons Michael, David and Charles; and seven grandchildren. A memorial is set for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, 2226 Ventura Ave., Fresno.



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