Longtime produce businessman John Napoleon Derdivanis, Salinas, Calif., died Dec. 12 at 87.


Salinas businessman John Derdivanis dies

Courtesy of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California.

John Derdivanis during his 1966-67 chairmanship of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California.

Derdivanis’ career started in the 1950s when he and his wife moved to Salinas from Los Angeles to be a partner in Armstrong Paper Co. and Martin Produce, and in 1957 started Admiral Packing Co. with a friend from college, according to an obituary.

Derdivanis served as president of the Grower-Shipper Vegetable Association of Central California, Salinas, in 1966 and on the California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 1967-92. Derdivanis helped form the Central California Iceberg Cooperative, served as Western Growers Association president in 1971, as well as United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association president in 1985, according to the obituary.

Derdivanis, who was born in Fresno, Calif., is survived by his daughter, two sons, and one sister. His wife, Bonnie, died in 2003, according to the obituary. A memorial is scheduled for Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 301 Corral de Tierra Road, Salinas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Central Coast, 2 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Suite D210, Monterey, Calif., 93940.

The story was corrected to show Derdivanis is survived by two sons.