Lael C. Lee, former Western Growers’ Director and Chairman passed away on December 4, 2016, at the age of 95. Lee served on the WG Board of Directors from 1973 to 1985 and became Chairman in 1982.

According to an LA Times obituary, following his honorable discharge from the United States Army Air Corp., Lee, a California native, began his distinguished career in agriculture in Mesa, Arizona, working for prominent Arizona melon grower, Earle Recker. Lee and his family lived in the Phoenix area for approximately 25 years before moving to Salinas, California.

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