“We’ve made deliveries to mansions and deliveries to trailers in parts of Denver where there where they had no doors in the middle of winter,” Sutton said.
“It doesn’t matter if folks are well off or not. It matters if they don’t have a family.”
Bill Frye, former owner of Ringer and Son Brokerage in Denver, has helped with the Basket of Joy since its start. He said Sutton’s heart is always in the right place when it comes to helping people.
“Over the years there were always people that wanted to come in and work to show what a good person they were, but Dan was never that way,” Frye said. “Any time the spotlight would come his way, he'd run for cover.”
The best part of working in the produce industry, Sutton says, is being able to see hard work come to fruition almost immediately.
“In produce, you see the results much more quickly than other departments,” he said. “Whether it’s people or product, things happen faster with produce.”
Sutton started his career in western Kansas, working in a grocery store during high school. He eventually took a job as a buyer for Nash Finch in Fargo, N.D., in the early 1970s. After a stint at Associated Wholesale Grocers in Denver in the early 1980s, he joined Albertsons in 1982.