Clovis Agriculture Businessman Dies

July 30, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
One of the biggest names in agriculture in the valley and one of Fresno State's biggest donors has died. Pat Ricchiuti Senior passed away on Sunday after a brief illness.

He was a longtime grower, packer and shipper of fruits and nuts. His company, P.R. farms, grew into an agriculture powerhouse in the valley.

Ricchiuti was a major donor to Fresno State's ag and athletics programs. The school named its academic center and its weight training facilities after him.

Pat Ricchiuti was 88 years old.



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