April 26, 2016

Industry Legend and Former WG Chairman, Ralph Bodine, Dies at 73

Ralph Bodine, former Chairman of Western Growers and an Award of Honor Recipient, passed away on March 7, 2016, at age 73. Bodine was born on October 1, 1942, and was married to his wife Linda for 35 years. Together they had six children.

A graduate of Princeton University, Bodine was a great leader, man of integrity and a prominent voice in the fresh produce industry. A grower of a variety of fresh produce, Bodine switched to an all-citrus operation around 1983. He was involved with numerous boards during his career, serving as chairman of Western Growers Board of Directors in 1985. He also served as chairman of Sunkist from 1986 to 1989. In 1990, Western Growers honored his distinguished career by making him our Award of Honor recipient.

On behalf of our members and staff, Western Growers extends our deepest sympathies Ralph’s family and friends. His dedicated service to our organization leaves an indelible legacy and his contributions to our industry will never be forgotten.

A Celebration of Life will be held on July 9th in British Columbia at the family farm. Those members who are interested in attending the Celebration can contact Matt McInerney at (949) 885-2263.