Humberto Monteverde, a former grower-distributor head of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, was remembered this week as an influential industry leader.

Nogales icon, former FPAA leader, diesThe 72-year-old Monteverde, who owned Nogales, Ariz.-based HM Distributors Inc., died Dec. 9 in Tucson, Ariz., after a long battle with lung cancer.

Monteverde was “very influential” in the association and served as chairman when the group decided to change its name from the West Mexico Vegetable Distributors Association to the FPAA, said Lance Jungmeyer, president.

A Dec. 13 mass and rosary honored Monteverde’s life.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Teresa Monteverde Ortiz; sons Bert Jr. and Rene Monteverde; daughter Rufina Monteverde; and four grandchildren.

Instead of flowers, Monteverde’s family requests donations be made to the University of Arizona Foundation/Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., P.O. Box 245013, Tucson, Ariz., 85724.