J.G. Boswell's Farewell Service

April 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
J.G. Boswell was known as the king of California and one of the nation's biggest farmers. He passed away at his home two weeks ago in Indian Wells. He was 86. Wednesday was Boswell's Valley service.

James Griffin Boswell the second was honored with song in the Corcoran high stadium.

"Up With People" founder Blanton Belk was one of his closest friends.

Mourners wore cowboy hats. Some held umbrellas to shield the sunlight and celebrate a man who avoided the spotlight. These pictures offer a rare glimpse into the life of J.G. Boswell. You've heard the name but never saw his face.

Between 1952 and 1984 J.G. Boswell steered the family business into international prominence. At one point J.G. Boswell produced 200,000 acres of cotton, the company also grows wheat and tomatoes.

A B-17 bomber flew over the stadium while flags flew at half-staff around town.

J.G. Boswell is survived by his wife, two daughters and son J.W. Boswell.

The Boswell Empire stretches from California to Australia but the Valley always held a special place in his heart. Local hospitals, parks and schools have all benefitted from Boswell's generosity.

Every year he offers Corcoran High's top two seniors full-ride scholarships to the school of their choice.

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