Agricultural visionary Ernie Righetti dead at 97
January 28, 2014
Ernie Righetti, the man who introduced avocados to the area, died Sunday night. He was 97. [Tribune]
Righetti had been under hospice care. He died at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo.
Righetti lived in the house he was born in, with three generations of his family living nearby on the farm. Every tree on the Righetti property has been hand-planted, hand-pruned, and every avocado hand-picked, according to Home Grown in California.
Righetti is survived by his wife Susan, and sons Scott, Craig, Don and David. Plans for a memorial service are pending.