(Aug. 26) The founder, owner and chairman of Murakami Produce Co., Ontario, Ore., died in his sleep Aug. 17. Shig “Sig” Murakami was 86.

Murakami Produce will continue to operate as usual under the leadership of president Grant Kitamura and Murakami’s son, vice president David Murakami.

Sig Murakami started the company in 1969 and built it into one of the largest onion shippers in the Ontario/Nyssa region. The Idaho-Oregon Onion Committee recognized him for his success by inducting him into the Onion Hall of Fame this year.