(Nov. 6) Edward Muir, a past president of the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association, died Oct. 10. He was 86.

Muir was president of Salt Lake City-based Muir-Roberts Co. Inc., a grower-shipper of potatoes, onions, apples and cherries grown in Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Nevada. Muir co-founded the company in 1947, shortly after receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Muir officially retired about five years ago, but continued to show up for work every day, said his son, Phillip Muir, president of Salt Lake City-based Muir Copper Canyon Farms. Muir-Roberts was sold in 1999.

Muir served as president of United Fresh, then known as the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, in 1976, Phillip Muir said. In 1970, he served a term as president of the National Onion Association.

Muir’s father, Edward O. Muir, also was a president of United Fresh, Phillip Muir said.

Phillip Muir said his father was extremely passionate about produce and couldn’t walk 20 feet at a convention without stopping to greet an old industry friend.

Edward Muir is survived by his wife, Mary; sons Edward, Prescott and Phillip; a brother, Richard; a sister, Jean Glenn Resch; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services for Muir were held Oct. 13 at the LDS Monument Park Stake Center in Salt Lake City.