Marco DiMare, general manager of DiMare/Indio, a division of DiMare Fresh Inc., Arlington, Texas, was killed instantly Dec. 1 when his car was struck by a catering truck on Interstate 10 near Beaumont, Calif. He was 41.

Marco DiMare dies in hit-run accident


Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for Dec. 6 at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, La Quinta, Calif.

The son of Thomas DiMare, Marco DiMare was in charge of the nearly 80 year old company’s California desert citrus operations based in Indio, Calif.

DiMare’s future in the family business was determined when he was just a child, he recently told Western Growers, Irvine, Calif.

“They put a broom in my hands when I was seven,” he said. “When I was in high school, I started working in the fields.”

DiMare earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.

In the interview with Western Growers, DiMare said his colleagues and his employees in the fresh produce industry were integral to his decision to follow a career in agriculture.

“People in agriculture are real sensible,” he said. “They are good to be around.”

DiMare is survived by his wife, Jacqueline.

The catering truck that struck DiMare’s car had been stolen, said a spokesman at the San Gorgonio office of the California Highway Patrol, and was traveling at about 100 miles per hour, according to witnesses.

The catering truck, which struck at least two other vehicles, crashed about 15 miles east of the hit- run incident. The driver fled on foot, and no arrests had been made as of Dec. 3, the CHP spokesman said.