In 2008, he became the first recipient of the California Grape & Tree Fruit League’s lifetime achievement award, according to a news release.
Donnie Blanton, former director of sales for Selma, Calif.-based Sunnyside Packing Co., died Dec. 2. He was 46.
Blanton worked for Sunnyside Packing from 2007 until this year.
The Clovis, Calif., resident began his career in a Salinas, Calif.-based family business, Bernardasci & Blanton Produce Co., which later became Blanton Produce Co.
After graduating from college in 1990, Blanton worked for Baloian Farms in Fresno, Calif. He continued there as a senior sales representative until 2006, when he started Blanton Consulting & Sales in Clovis.
Dale Bone, founder of Nashville, N.C.-based Nash Produce LLC, died Dec. 11. He was 69.
Bone founded Nash Produce, a sweet potato and cucumber specialist, in 1977. In 2005, Nash Produce was selected North Carolina Agribusiness of the Year.
Bone sold the company and retired as president in 2006.
He was an active industry leader, serving as president, vice president and treasurer of the National Council of Agricultural Employers.
He also had volunteer positions in the Produce Marketing Association, the United Fresh Produce Association, the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission and other organizations.
Longtime horticultural specialist Adel Kader died Dec. 10 while traveling home from a South African conference. He was 71.
A native of Cairo, Kader worked as a researcher and then chair of the pomology department at the University of California-Davis.
Kader wrote the “Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops.” He was organizer of the International Horticultural Congress.
Kader developed the UC-Davis Postharvest Technology Center from a group of postharvest extension specialists, according to a news release from the center. He worked with the Agriculture Development Strategy project to bring information to Egypt and other countries.
Ted Scribner, general manager for Dallas-based Harrington Produce, died Nov. 16 at age 64.