Herb Fleming

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RANCHO MIRAGE

Herb Fleming, 87, passed away Saturday, July 24, 2010, in Rancho Mirage.
Herb was born Sept. 23, 1922, in Long Beach. He attended elementary and secondary schools in Brawley and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the college of business administration at UCLA. He was a pilot for the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946 and was an avid aviator most his life.
He started his agricultural career in 1947 with the John Pryor Company and worked there until 1956. He then founded Admiral Packing Company with John Derdivanis and ran the successful grower shipper business for 30 years.
Herb was a past Grower-Shipper Chairman of the Board, past president of the State Board of Food and Agriculture, executive committee member of the Council of California Growers, past vice president of the California-Arizona Farm Labor Association and a past board member of the Agricultural Inter-insurance Exchange. He served on the board of education for the Salinas City School District and as foreman of the 1963 Monterey County Grand Jury, and was active in community, industry affairs, and local and state politics. He was also past exalted ruler of the Salinas Elks Lodge.
In recognition of his professional achievements, in 2006 Herb was the recipient of GSA's prestigious E.E. "Gene" Harden Award for Lifetime Achievement in Central Coast Agriculture.
Herb Fleming lived a great life and leaves behind many of us who admired him for his wisdom, integrity, work ethic, and humble nature. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten
Survivors: Herb's survivors include his wife, Joanne of Ranch Mirage; four children, Paul Fleming of Scottsdale, Ariz., Anne Fleming Cheyfitz of New York, N.Y., Joe Fleming of Sequim, Wash., Terry Fleming Ducato of Salinas, and brother, Jack Fleming of Brawley.
Memorials: Pursuant to Herb's wishes there shall be no memorial service or specific donation requests. The family asks that each of you that knew Herb remember him for the special person that he was.


Published in The Salinas Californian on July 27, 2010
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