Blaise “Buster” Giovannetti, owner of Half Moon Fruit & Produce Co., Yolo, Calif., and former board chairman of Western Growers, Irvine, Calif., has died at the age of 94.

Funeral services are scheduled for Aug. 27 at McNary’s Chapel, Woodland, Calif.

Giovannetti’s produce career began in 1933 when he started as a truck driver for Half Moon Fruit & Produce, a company he purchased 30 years later. Under his direction, the company became a major California melon grower-shipper.

In the 1970s, Giovannetti and his sons, Don, Ron and John, founded B.E. Giovannetti & Sons, an investment firm. The company’s farming operations in Northern and central California include stone fruit, walnut, prune, rice and processing and cold storage facilities.

Giovannetti served on the Western Growers’ board of directors for 28 years and was a recipient of the association’s Award of Honor. He also served one term as mayor of Woodland and eight years on the city council.

Giovannetti is survived by his wife, Beverly Mills, sons, E.J, Ron and John, and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary, and son, Don.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Holy Rosary School, Woodland, Western Growers Foundation or a charitable organization of the giver’s choice.

Funeral services set for former Western Growers chairman