Bob Antle, board co-chairman of Salinas, Calif.-based grower-shipper Tanimura & Antle, died Aug. 3. He was 78.
Antle began working in his family’s lettuce business with his father, Bud, and his grandfather, Lester, in 1949. After graduating from Stanford University, Bob Antle headed Antle Carrots. In 1966 he moved to the East Coast to establish the House of Bud, a fruit and vegetable wholesaler.
After the death of Bud Antle in 1972, Bob Antle became chief executive officer of the Bud Antle companies. Six years later, those companies merged with Castle & Cooke, now Dole Food Co.
In 1982, Bob and his sons, Mike and Rick, formed Tanimura & Antle with George Tanimura and other Tanimura family members. The partnership joined the Antles’ packing and shipping expertise with the Tanimuras’ growing experience.
Antle is credited with several industry innovations, including the introduction of field-wrapped fresh vegetables in 1960; the development of distribution centers for wrapped lettuce and other source-packaged fruits and vegetables in 1965; and the production of crop transplants in 1970.
In July, Antle was the recipient of the E.E. (Gene) Harden Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California.
Antle is survived by his wife, Sue; two sons, Rick and Mike; two daughters, Kathy Della-Rose and Karen Hebl; a brother, Kenneth; and 21 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services are 5 p.m. Aug. 11 at the California State University, Monterey Bay, World Theater. Memorials may be made to the Bob Antle Scholarship Fund, c/o CSUMB 100 Campus Center, Seaside Calif., 93955; The Salvation Army of Monterey, 1491 Contra Costa St, Seaside, Calif., 93955; or the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, 100 Campus Center, Building 86E, CSUMB, Seaside, CA, 93955.