John Franklyn Davies, a 54-year Ventura County resident and founder of a lemon packaging business, has died. He was 87.
Born in Louisville, Ky., in 1909, Davies moved to Los Angeles with his family as a young boy and later graduated from Fairfax High School.
Davies earned a bachelor's degree in education from Oregon State University in Corvallis and returned to the Southland to work at a packinghouse in the San Fernando Valley in the early 1920s.
Eager to start his own business, Davies opened a lemon packaging plant near Ventura with a business partner in 1941.
Soon after, Davies moved to Westlake Village and commuted to Montalvo, where he headed his company's packaging operation until 1976. Since his retirement, Davies was a member of the Saticoy Country Club. He liked to play the stock market and visit his family.