(April 22, 12:58 p.m.) Curtis W. Cargil, founder of Uvalde, Texas-based Cargil Produce Co., died April 17 after a long illness.

Cargil, 87, was a World War II veteran who settled in California following his service. There he worked for American Box Co.

In 1953, he moved to Uvalde, Texas, where he began growing lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, onions, cucumbers and peppers, said Buzz Barton, salesman and Cargil’s son-in-law.

“He did a little bit of everything,” Barton said.


Cargil was named Man of the Year in Agriculture by the Uvalde Chamber of Commerce in 1969. He also served two terms on the Texas Produce Recovery Fund Board and was inducted into the Texas Produce Association Hall of Fame in 1991.

In 1993, he was given the Award of Merit by the Texas Vegetable association. In 1994, Cargil Produce was honored by the Nueces-Frio-Sabinal Soil and Water Conservation District as the “Business of the Year”.

Barton said he also served on the South Texas Onion Committee and the board of the Texas Citrus and Vegetable Association, the forerunner of the Texas Produce Association, Mission.

Cargil never retired from his business.

“Right up to the last couple of months he kept telling us what to do,” Buzz Barton, salesman at Cargil Produce, said. “He and his son, Steve, had a real good relationship. He kept his dad posted on what we were doing, and I’m sure that Mr. Cargil had some opinions about. It was a real good relationship.”