Fresh Farms' Jerry Havel Passes Away
- by Maggie Mead
TUCSON, AZ - It is with great sadness that Fresh Farms announced the passing of Jerry Havel on July 17, 2019. He will be remembered as a passionate produce man, an avid outdoorsman, a loving brother, the king of one-liners, and an amazing father and husband for 31 years. He is survived by his wife, Margie Havel, and his three children Joseph, Elly, and Daniel.
As a pillar in the industry, Jerry's nearly four decades of service enriched the entire industry and touched so many people in so many ways. After graduating from St. Norbert College in 1978, he began his career in produce with Dole Bananas. Though his beginnings were humble, Jerry rose up in the produce world, spending his last days as Sales and Marketing Director for Fresh Farms. His passion for life carried over to his work, bringing success to himself and the industry.
Jerry was born August 2, 1956 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, to James and Irene Havel. He was the sixth of seven children. Throughout his life, he traveled to the beaches of Malibu, the honkeytonks of Dallas, and the French Quarter in New Orleans. He ultimately settled down in Visalia to start a family and his own company, US Fresh. He passed away peacefully in Tucson, Arizona, after a courageous fight with cancer, at the age of 62. He is survived by his wife Margie, daughter Ellie, and sons Joseph and Daniel. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service on Friday, July 26, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at the Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St., Tucson, AZ 85719. In lieu of flowers or donations, please spend time with your loved ones and share a laugh, as Jerry would have wanted.
AndNowUKnow offers our deepest condolences to the Havel family and all affected during this time.