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California Grape & Tree Fruit League Comments On Loss Of Grape Industry Icon

Delano, CA – The California Grape & Tree Fruit League is saddened to share the news of the loss of long-time League member and industry leader, Jack Pandol Sr., who passed away today, August 4.

From day one, and for more than 50 consecutive years, Mr. Pandol was a key member of the League and was highly involved in volunteering his time to work on industry issues. He was one of three sons born to Steve and Margaret Pandol, immigrants from Croatia, who along with his father and brothers, Steve, Jack Jr. and Matt, helped build Pandol and Sons into a world class operation. In 1957, a specialized marketing company, Pandol Bros., Inc was formed to better serve their customers all around the globe.

“Jack’s devotion to working together to stand united on issues as growers and shippers was vital to the strong foundation on which the fresh grape industry was built and will continue to stand on for years to come,” said Barry J. Bedwell, League President.

Mr. Pandol served on the Board of Directors for many years until 1976. Mr. Pandol was elected Chairman of the League’s Board during the 1963/64 FY, which was an extremely turbulent time in the table grape industry. In 1995, Mr. Pandol was the recipient of the prestigious Mentors Award which is given to a member who has shown outstanding dedication and service to the grape and tree fruit industry.

“Jack leaves the legacy of a man whose efforts remained focused on the greater good of the industry, as opposed to his own self interests. The fruit of his labors will live on through the continued endeavors of this organization and through the next generation of growers and shippers who assume the all-important role as industry advocates.
"Jack was a man of so many talents. He was a family man, a business and community leader, as well as an industry visionary. He was truly an icon who will be missed by all in the produce community,” said Bedwell.

Mr. Pandol married Winifred (Zaninovich) in 1948 and the couple had four children: Jack Jr., Jim, Stephen and Maria. Services for Mr. Pandol were pending at the time of this news release and were expected to be held in Bakersfield the week of August 9.