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Obituary- Alvin Quist

Fresno County Farm Bureau Past President Alvin Quist passed away Oct. 29, 2013. Quist served as FCFB's president from 1956-58.

Quist was a dairyman and farmer and began his volunteer leadership service to agriculture and Farm Bureau in 1948. He was an active participant in helping shape Farm Bureau and local agriculture. Quist served on the California Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors, was present when CFBF voted to start the Cal Farm Insurance Program and also lobbied hard to bring the CFBF headquarters to Fresno when the organization made the move from U.C. Berkeley.

When Quist took over as FCFB president in 1956, FCFB had 5,200 voting members - then the largest county Farm Bureau west of the Mississippi River. Issues, such as federal price supports, allotments and parity for the basic commodities, drew some controversy and garnered much of the discussion on the national and state levels. "The biggest benefit as a Farm Bureau member is the development of leadership for our industry," Quist once said.

When Quist was nine years old, he was active in 4-H, and later became involved in the Future Farmers of America organization at Central Union High School (CUHS). He received his State Farmer Degree from FFA. Quist also served as student body president at CUHS. He attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo during the 1940s, majoring in dairy production. His education was interrupted by two years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps. When he came home in 1947, he found himself with a "sudden indoctrination into farming," with 90 cows and 300 acres to tend.

Quist was also involved in many other activities, including local water issues, the Board of Trustees for Madison Elementary School, Central Union High School and Central Unified School districts. He also spent seven years on the State Center Community College Board. Quist also served on the board of directors of the Fresno District Fair and the Ag Fresno Advisory Board. He is a former member and chairman of the Fresno State Agriculture Foundation Board of Governors and served as a member of the Cal Poly School of Agriculture Advisory Council to the University president.

Quist leaves behind his wife, Mary, and three grown children.