Bill Gammie, owner of Yakima, Wash.-based Jack Frost Fruit Co., died April 10. He was 81.

After earning his degree from Washington State University, then called Washington State College, Gammie worked as a representative for the Washington Apple Commission, Wenatchee. He also was a salesman for Yakima, Wash.-based Hansen Fruit before launching Jack Frost Fruit in 1956.

His company later packed for Yakima-based Domex Superfresh Growers, which also marketed apples under Jack Frost's Marley brand. Jack Frost acquired Marley Orchards a few years after the launch of the company.

The brand is especially popular in the New York market and in other parts of the Northeast, said Loren Queen, marketing and communications manager for Domex Superfresh.

"He was great fun," Queen said. "Just a wonderful guy. He was always full of life and he loved to laugh. He expected great things of himself and people around him. He was a real pleasure to work with."

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Washington State University football program or to the Special Olympics.