Longtime Los Angeles produce industry veteran Henry (Hank) Beyer died Nov. 25 at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. He was 84.
For more than 40 years, Mr. Beyer worked on the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market, much of the time as a partner with Sam Perricone in Perricone Citrus.
Mr. Beyer entered the produce industry more than 60 years ago as a salesman for Giumarra Cos. Eventually he joined Perricone Citrus as a salesman and laterbecame a vice president and managing partner. He retired in 1998 when the firm was sold. The Beyer family still owns doors on the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market.
Mr. Beyer brought several members of his family into the business with him, including his eldest son, Steven Beyer, who is currently with Corona-College Heights Orange & Lemon Association in Riverside, CA, and grandson Darrell Beyer, who remains in the business with his own produce company, City Ag LLC in Ventura, CA.
The younger Mr. Beyer said of his grandfather that he enjoyed hard work and loved the produce industry. "Hank was an avid golfer, good friend, loyal husband, loving father and adoring grandfather and great grandfather," said Mr. Beyer. "He will truly be missed but leaves behind wonderful memories for all who knew him."
Mr. Beyer is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Beverly Beyer; their three adult children; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A private celebration of life service will be held by the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Red Cross in honor of Hank Beyer's memory.