Sunnyside Packing, produce veteran Blanton dies

12/06/2012 11:58:00 AM
Mike Hornick

Donnie BlantonBlantonDonnie Blanton, former director of sales for Selma, Calif.-based Sunnyside Packing Co., died Dec. 2 at age 46.

Blanton worked for Sunnyside Packing from 2007 to this year.

The Clovis resident began his career in a family business, Salinas-based Bernardasci & Blanton Produce Co. It later became Blanton Produce Co.

After graduating from college in 1990, Blanton worked for Baloian Farms in Fresno. He continued there as a senior sales representative until 2006, when he started Blanton Consulting & Sales in Clovis, according to a news release.

Survivors include his wife, Amanda; three children, Stephanie, Nicholas and Matthew; brothers Brian, Steve and Brett; and parents Donald and Billie Blanton.

A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home, 870 San Benito St., Hollister.

Memorial donations can be made to Almanor Fishing Association or Clovis Babe Ruth Baseball. They can be sent to the funeral home.



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Matt Ruegge    
Clovis, CA  |  December, 06, 2012 at 02:52 PM

I used to buy melons from Donnie, but hadn't talked to him in years. Sad story about a very nice guy! RIP. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Julian Irigoyen    
Selma ,CA  |  December, 06, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Great guy, prayers for the family....

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