Slain Bishop had close ties to Valley agriculture

FRESNO, Calif.

Clay Sannar owned a south valley business called "Soil Basics," which helped farmers raise a healthier crop. At the "Soil Basics" office in Visalia a sign said the business was closed until Tuesday.

Raymond Villasenor, Jr. called Clay Sannar a fantastic guy and a wonderful boss. Villasenor said, "We're letting the family collect their thoughts to put into plan what the priorities are but Soil Basics is an outstanding business. We're here to assist our growers to be successful in the business."

"Soil Basics" analyzes soil nutrients and provides fertilizers to local farmers who appreciated Clay's personal approach. Visalia farmer Steve Blizzard said, "We like to know what the plant needs before it needs it and that's what Clay was good at it. The important thing about Soil Basics is good follow-up."

Blizzard said Clay loved to talk about BYU football.

"Soil Basics" has been a regular exhibitor at the World Ag Expo in Tulare for the last fifteen years.

Villasenor added, "We just want to be good stewards. Clay was a big part of that. I hope with the family's decision it is to continue the business, to continue his legacy."

Clay Sannar's friendship will be missed as will his expertise on the ranch. Villasenor said, "My heart is out to Julie and their six boys. They're gonna carry his name. We're in total shock."

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