Good Fruit Grower

May 1

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6 MAY 1, 2015 Good Fruit Grower Jack Edwin Jones 1941-2015 J ack Jones, grower and entrepreneur from Quincy, Washington, was known for doing things in a big way. He welcomed new challenges as he diversifi ed from the family's potato growing and packing operation to growing tree fruit and wine grapes to building a winery and a large custom grape crushing facility. Jones, 73, died March 13. Jones, the middle child, with two older sisters and two younger brothers, was born in Twin Falls, Idaho. The family moved to Washington's Columbia Basin in 1954 to farm a new region developed as a result of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. His father grew potatoes and fi eld crops and built a successful fresh potato storage and packing operation in Quincy. In 1969, Jones married Patricia Flanagan and farmed with his father-in-law, Sid Flanagan, growing forages and sugar beets. He eventually purchased the business from Sid, and in 1983, rejoined Jones Produce with his brothers. He planted his fi rst apple orchard in the early 1980s and soon planted pears and cherries, later adding a large cold storage facility for his tree fruit. He developed relationships with Orondo Fruit, Washington Cherry Growers, and Domex Super Fresh Growers. Jones continued to diversify his farming operations and planted his fi rst wine grape vineyard in 1997 on the Wahluke Slope near Mattawa. Five years later, the Jones family launched a winery called Jones of Washington, which was named Washington State Winery of the Year in 2012 by Northwest Wine Press. In 2008, Jones and Dick Shaw of Shaw Vineyards became partners in J and S Crushing and converted a potato storage facility in Mattawa into one of the largest custom crush facilities in the state. Survivors include his four children, Jeff, Greg, Maureen, and Megan Jones. —M. Hansen Brunner named Apple Citizen D r. Jay Brunner, who has played a key role in the transition to softer pest manage- ment programs in tree fruits over the past three decades, has been n a m e d A p p l e Citizen of the Year by the Washington A p p l e B l o s s o m Festival. For the past 33 years, Brunner has worked as an entomologist at Washington State University's Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, where he has focused on Integrated Pest Management, specializing in development of sampling methods and action thresholds, predictive models, biological control, mating disruption, and insecticidal control of tree fruit pests. He has also served as director of the center for the past 13 years. Brunner said the approach he brought to his research position at WSU was based on his phi- losophy of mankind's responsibility as a steward of natural resources and accountability to society. He is currently working part-time as director of the center and will retire in August. Brunner will ride in the Stemilt Growers Grand Parade on May 2 during the Apple Blossom Festival. Michigan Association of Pomesters honor Klein J oe Klein Sr., owner of Royal J. Klein and Son Orchard of Sparta, M i c h i g a n , h a s been named Fruit Person of the Year by the Michigan A s s o c i a t i o n o f Pomesters. Joe and Sharon Klein and their son Joe Klein Jr. grow 220 acres of fresh-market apples, which are sold by Jack Brown Produce under the brand name Apple Ridge. Klein has been a board member of Jack Brown Produce for more than 40 years and is its treasurer and chair- man. Klein won the Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan State Horticultural Society in 2010. He serves on the board of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo. Jay Brunner QUiCK Bites People and industry in the news. 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