(Dec. 28) Two well-known men at Tom Lange Co. branches have died.

Ben Garrison, salesman at Global Fresh Import & Export, the Nogales, Ariz., branch of Tom Lange Co., died on Dec. 19 at St. Mary’s Hospice care. He was 50, according to an obituary in the Arizona Daily Star.

“He was honest and had a lot of integrity. Everybody loved him,” said John Tuccini, salesman at Tom Lange. “He had a great relationship with shippers, and everybody loved him.”

Garrison specialized in tomatoes in his six-year tenure at Springfield, Ill.-based Tom Lange and was known by co-workers as “Gentle Ben.” He previously worked for Hartman, Williams, Quality Hay Co., Carlsbad Produce Inc., a Carlsbad, Calif.-based subsidiary of Tom Lange, and Nogales-based L&M Co. before joining the Tom Lange office in Nogales, Tuccini said.

Mike Dougherty, who worked in sales with Garrison at L&M for five years, was a close friend of Garrison’s and said people of his quality are hard to come by.

“He was one of those few kindred spirits that you meet,” Dougherty said. “He was kind-hearted and generous to a fault.”

Jimmy Mixon dedicated more than 20 years to Tom Lange’s Atlanta operation and was one of the top salesmen for the past 10 years, said Eric Hoffman, vice president of sales in Atlanta for Tom Lange Co.

Mixon, a produce broker for Tom Lange, died of a heart attack Dec. 3 in Cobb County, Ga. He was 47, according to the Cordele Dispatch.

“He was one of the cornerstones of this office,” Hoffman said. “Jimmy didn’t have an enemy in the world.”

Mixon started with the Springfield, Ill.-based company in 1983 and before that, he was involved in a small wholesale business with his late father — James Mixon —in Cordele, Ga., Hoffman said.