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RIP, Valley Organic Farming Pioneer Don Devine, 79



Don Devine founded Double D Farms in Fresno County with his wife, Elvia, in 1986. He passed away on June 4, 2022. (Heidi Devine Garcia)
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Don Devine, a Kentucky-born Vietnam War veteran and longtime Harris Ranch executive who pioneered organic farming in the Valley, has died.

Devine, who founded Double D Farms in 1986 with his wife, Elvia, passed away on June 4 at the age of 79.

He served on many water district boards, including Westlands Water District. He was a 1974 graduate of Arizona State University.

“Although he is remembered and honored as a true titan of business, Don was primarily known to many as a son, devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, a brother, and more. Don aspired to live life to the fullest and leave his mark in this world; at that he did,” Double D Farms said in a statement.

Devine’s driving belief: All families deserve access to healthy food grown in a responsible manner.

A Celebration of Life will be held beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant Ballroom in Coalinga.

Read more about Devine and Double D Farms at this Orangic Produce Network link.

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