John Armenta, L.A. produce manager, dies

07/02/2013 01:14:00 PM
Andy Nelson

John Armenta, one of the founders of the National Association of Produce Market Managers, has died. He was 87.

Armenta died June 23 in Los Angeles, according to a news release from the Columbia, S.C.-based association.

After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II, Armenta worked in the Los Angeles Union Terminal division of the Southern Pacific Railway Co.

Armenta managed many Los Angeles area food warehouses, including the 7th Street Market, the largest market in the city prior to the construction of the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. In 1980, Armenta was made a vice president of Southern Pacific.

Armenta was active in several cultural and civic causes in L.A., including the founding of the city’s food bank.

Funeral services were are July 2 in Pico Rivera, Calif.



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Jacqueline Colin    
Pico Rivera  |  July, 04, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Mr. Armenta will be missed by many. I did not know he was a Marine, or that he was one of the founders of NAPMM, nor the founding of Los Angeles food bank.He has been our customer for a few years at our local reta il pharmacy. I am honored to have been providing service to him and his family. They are a strong loving bunch. My condolences and respect to the Armenta Family.

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