Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:22
Born in Hidalgo, Mr. Shimotsu was the last surviving member of the six children of Uichi and Takako Shimotsu. He was born into a farming family and was involved in farming his entire life.
He served his country from 1945-46 in WWII in the U.S. Army infantry in Germany. When he returned to the Rio Grande Valley, he purchased 72 acres of farmland and increased his holdings to 3,500 acres within a few years.
He began his tenture as CEO and general manager of Sharyland Plantation and Plantation Produce in 1973 and later expanded growing, packing and shipping operations to West Texas, New Mexico and Mexico.