John Tanimura of Salinas, CA-based Tanimura & Antle passed away last week. He was 88. Tanimura was a co-founder of Tanimura & Antle, one of American Vegetable Grower’s Top 100 Growers in the West. The farm grows lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, and a variety of other crops.
A true farmer at heart, John never truly retired from farming, his daughter Jeannie Tanimura told the Monterey County Herald. “I don’t think that was in his vocabulary at all,” she told the newspaper.
John and his brothers George, Charlie, Tommy, and Bobby were often seen driving in their white pickup truck going to their ranches. The brothers met frequently to discuss the farming operation, among other things. It has been said that Tanimura & Antle was much more than a business for John Tanimura; it was a way of life.
The Tanimura family formed a farming relationship with Bud Antle in 1948 and for a few years in the mid-1960s, the Tanimura brothers formed H&T Packing, a partnership with George and Shiro Higashi. Continuing their farming operation, in 1982, the Tanimura family created Tanimura & Antle.
John Tanimura was born on Nov. 21, 1920 in San Jan Bautista, the sixth of 13 children. A graduate of Salinas High School, he also served in World War II in the army as a guard in Germany.
Source: Monterey County Herald and the Californian.com