Ford, who grew up on a potato farm in Alamosa, Colo., grew potatoes in Colorado’s San Luis Valley for more than 50 years.
In addition to serving as president of the potato committee, he served as chairman of the National Potato Education and Research Foundation.
Ford was inducted into the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2008.
Ford is survived by his wife, Donna; a daughter, Debbie Ford; and two sisters, Josie Brewer and Alice Peel.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. June 29 at the Alamosa Third Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice Del Valle through the Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa.