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’
- 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.