Phil Boskovich, a co-founder of Oxnard, Calif.-based Boskovich Farms Inc., died Sept. 30 at his home in Westlake Village, Calif. He was 97.

Boskovich was born in Los Angeles in 1915 to Croatian immigrants. After graduating from North Hollywood High School in 1933, he joined his father, Stjepan, on the family’s small farm, according to a release from the company.

He later grew green onions and carrots in the San Fernando Valley, and when his brothers John and George returned from World War II, the three formed Boskovich Bros. Produce.

In 1963, the brothers moved their farming operation to the Santa Clarity Valley, where they grew green onions on 145 acres. In the 1970s, Phil’s sons Phil Jr. and Joe and his nephew George Jr. joined the company, which was renamed Boskovich Farms.

The company later expanded into Riverside and Ventura counties.

Boskovich retired as chairman in 1996.

Today, Boskovich Farms grows produce on more than 15,000 acres in California and Mexico and employs more than 500 people in Ventura County.

Boskovich is survived by his wife, Lena; sons Phil Jr. and Joe; daughter Janine Colich; 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, followed by a celebration of life at St. Anthony’s Croatian Catholic Church Parish Center, both in Los Angeles.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the USC Catholic Center Building Fund and the David Andrew “Pooh” Maddan Foundation, which provides financial assistance to young adults battling cancer.