Bill Warmerdam ( Courtesy The Flavor Tree Fruit Co. )

Bill Warmerdam, who founded Warmerdam Packing, Hanford, Calif., with his wife Audrey, died Jan. 8. He was 80.

They founded the fruit grower-packer-shipper in 1965.

 The Warmerdam family in 2009 founded The Flavor Tree Fruit Co. LLC, Hanford, with Maurice Cameron, Fresno, Calif. The company markets fruit grown by Warmerdam Packing and other growers.

Warmerdam was admired as a fruit industry leader who embraced innovation and new technologies in orchards and packinghouses, according to a statement from Flavor Tree.

Warmerdam Packing originally grew and packed peaches, plums and nectarines. The company now packs plums, kiwifruit and is one of the largest cherry growers in the San Joaquin Valley, according to the release.

Warmerdam built the company’s first packing shed in 1969 in Hanford, designing and fabricating most of the equipment himself, according to the statement. The operation moved from the original Grangeville Boulevard location to Excelsior Avenue in Hanford in 1977.

Donations in his name may be sent to:

  • The Parkinson Alliance, P.O. box 308, Kingston, N.J., 08528’
  • parkinsonalliance.org;
  • St. Agnes Hospice, 6729 N. Willow Ave., Suite 103, Fresno, CA, 93710; or
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society, 115 W. Fifth St., Hanford, CA, 93230.
 
Comments
Submitted by Frances Corona on Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:30

Bill Warmerdam was quite a noble man. He was very family orientated and a great business man. Most of all Bill was a kind generous man that made an impact in the community as well as his company. There are so many fond memories of Bill which are too numerous to mention. Bill was loved by all of us here at Warmerdam Packing. Rest in peace Bill. My love and prayers to the Warmerdam family who are an extension of Bill's nobleness and kindness.