RIP, Valley Organic Farming Pioneer Don Devine, 79
Don Devine, a Kentucky-born Vietnam War veteran and longtime Harris Ranch executive who pioneered organic farming in the Valley, has died.
Devine, who founded Double D Farms in 1986 with his wife, Elvia, passed away on June 4 at the age of 79.
He served on many water district boards, including Westlands Water District. He was a 1974 graduate of Arizona State University.
“Although he is remembered and honored as a true titan of business, Don was primarily known to many as a son, devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, a brother, and more. Don aspired to live life to the fullest and leave his mark in this world; at that he did,” Double D Farms said in a statement.
Devine’s driving belief: All families deserve access to healthy food grown in a responsible manner.
A Celebration of Life will be held beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant Ballroom in Coalinga.
Read more about Devine and Double D Farms at this Orangic Produce Network link.