Alan Teague, longtime chairman of Ventura County agribusiness giant Limoneira Co., has died at age 76.
He died at Ventura County Medical Center after suffering a severe stroke. He had experienced several health setbacks in recent years.
A native of Santa Paula, Teague came from a family that pioneered the Ventura County citrus industry. He had served on the board of Limoneira since the 1990s merger that joined his family’s holdings with those of the late Dr. Sam Edwards. He had been chairman since 2004. Sam Edwards passed away earlier this year.
Known for his good will and fair dealing, Teague was a popular figure in Santa Paula, where he served on the city council and was mayor in the 1970s. He was active in founding the Ventura County Community Foundation and the Santa Paula Foundation and was a leading advocate for Ventura County agriculture.
In recent hears, he worked closely with Limoneira CEO Harold Edwards and his son, Alex Teague, Limoneira’s director of operations, to expand Limoneira’s lemon business worldwide with output of some 50 million lemons a year. The company is also California’s largest avocado producer.
He is survived by two sons, Alex and Charles, and their families.
(Look for more detailed coverage on Alan Teague in the Sept. 19 print edtion).