(March 27) It’s news all too familiar to the produce industry: a Grimm gone too soon.

Eight years after the too-soon passing of his brother, Bob Grimm died March 17 at the age of 54.

Grimm and his late brother, Rod, who died of cancer in 1998, co-founded Grimmway Farms in 1971. Today, it is the largest private employer in California’s Kern County and one of the largest carrot producers in the world.

But to many industry peers, Bob Grimm’s accomplishments at Grimmway won’t be his only legacy.

His leadership also helped shape countless industry groups.

Western Growers, the United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association and the California Fresh Carrot Advisory Board all were blessed with Grimm’s efforts.

He also served on the boards of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and Concordia University, Irvine, Calif., and was active in Christian organizations.

Grimm was a strong advocate for the family business, working for Grimmway to remain family-owned and providing family members the chance to be involved with the company.

Grimm was noted for his intelligence, his integrity, his honor, his devotion to his family and his faith.

That legacy will surely live on.

Opinion/editorial: Not ready to lose Grimm
Bob Grimm