Jesse Raybourn, who died at the age of 86, leaves two distinct, impressive legacies.
Before he ever served as a Produce Marketing Association vice president of information services, he served 26 years in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He saw active duty in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, according to a PMA news release. Over his three-war service, he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with four clusters, and Delaware’s Distinguished Service Cross.
After 26 years in the Army, he served the PMA for 17 years. The association is based in Newark, Del., and Raybourn died July 21 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, according to the PMA news release.
He began his career with the association — then the Produce Packaging and Marketing Association — in 1967, when he was responsible for creating its publications and issuing packaging and marketing information.
He produced a 16 millimeter film called “Careers in Produce” designed to attract young talent to the industry.
He retired from PMA in 1984.