James “Jim” Hadley, president and chief executive officer of Harold Crawford Co. Inc., Bakersfield, Calif., died suddenly Feb. 20.  He was 66.

Memorial services held for James Hadley


Memorial services were held Feb. 27 at Lakeside Gardens, Portland, Ore.

Before joining Harold Crawford Co., Hadley spent nearly 30 years in various positions with Portland-based Fred Meyer Inc., a market chain with stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. During his last 8 years with the company, Hadley was vice president of produce merchandising for Fred Meyer, which was acquired in 1998 by The Kroger Co., Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 2003, Hadley moved to Harold Crawford Co., a produce broker, as president and chief executive officer.

“Jim was an extraordinary retail merchant and was responsible for expanding the company’s business to include the importing of produce from off-shore,” said company founder and board chairman Harold Crawford. “Jim was very highly motivated to promote the growth of the company.”

Hadley is survived by his wife, Carmie, and their children: Gary Hadley, Pat McCrae, Pamela Hadley Lewis, James Hadley Jr., and Tennison and Tyler Hoofard.