Francis Perry Murphy died March 13 at his home in Pearland, Texas. He was 84.

Tomato businessman Francis Perry Murphy dies


Murphy established successful tomato businesses in Texas and California, starting O.P. Murphy Produce Co. with his father and brother, which is still in operation after 60 years, according to an obituary.

Murphy, who was born in Harlingen, Texas, on Sept. 12, 1925, was preceded in death by daughter Amy Smalley, grandson Jesse Murphy, and great grandson David George. Murphy is survived by his wife of 41 years, Anne Murphy, son Joe Murphy, son Mike Murphy, daughter Cathy Castorani, and daughter Lisa Lancto, according to an obituary.

He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

A service celebrating his life will be on March 17 at 11 a.m., First Baptist Friendswood,  Friendswood, Texas.