1927 - 1993

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Gerald “Jerry” Nolen was an orchardist in East Wenatchee, Washington and a forty year veteran and leader of the farm chemical supply business.

Mr. Nolen’s career in the tree fruit industry began with the Washington State Department of Agriculture working on summer survey crews, while he was in college. Upon his graduation from Washington State University with a bachelors degree in horticulture in 1953, he was hired as a fieldman with HR Spinner Company (HR Spinner Company was purchased by Wilbur Ellis Company during Mr. Nolen’s employment). At the time of his death, Mr. Nolen was employed as the director of the ag-chemical fertilizer department for Wilbur Ellis Company and chairman of Wilbur Ellis’ fertilizer committee for the nation.

Mr. Nolen served his country in the US Coast Guard from 1944-1946 (Petty Officer), and in the US Navy Reserve from 1946 to 1951. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate Air Force - ROTC, and was a Commissioned Second Lieutenant. From 1951-1975 he served in the Air Force Reserve retiring with the rank of Major.

Mr. Nolen was serving as president of the Washington State Horticultural Association at the time of his death. In addition to his service on the Washington State Horticultural Association board of directors, he was also a member of the North Central Washington Fieldmen’s Association, Wenatchee Horticultural Society, Wenatchee Junior College Vo-Ag Advisory Board, Western Agricultural Chemical Association, Washington State Pesticide Consultants Association and Washington State Department of Agriculture Governor’s Advisory Board. Mr. Nolen served as an officer of many of these organizations.

Mr. Nolen welcomed the tremendous changes that swept the agriculture industry. He was a vocal opponent of government regulations, yet a staunch supporter of farm safety and environmental protection. As an orchardist himself, he described the farmer as “the biggest gambler in the world.”

Mr. Nolen was survived by his wife Nita of East Wenatchee and five children, Gerald Henry, Autumn Marie, Georgie Ann, Warren Nicholas and Peter Shawn.

The Gerald Nolen Memorial scholarship fund was created by the Washington State Horticultural Association Research & Scholarship Foundation in 1994Gerald “Jerry” Nolen was an orchardist in East Wenatchee, Washington and a forty year veteran and leader of the farm chemical supply business

Mr. Nolen’s career in the tree fruit industry began with the Washington State Department of Agriculture working on summer survey crews, while he was in college. Upon his graduation from Washington State University with a bachelors degree in horticulture in 1953, he was hired as a fieldman with HR Spinner Company (HR Spinner Company was purchased by Wilbur Ellis Company during Mr. Nolen’s employment). At the time of his death, Mr. Nolen was employed as the director of the ag-chemical fertilizer department for Wilbur Ellis Company and chairman of Wilbur Ellis’ fertilizer committee for the nation.

Mr. Nolen served his country in the US Coast Guard from 1944-1946 (Petty Officer), and in the US Navy Reserve from 1946 to 1951. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate Air Force - ROTC, and was a Commissioned Second Lieutenant. From 1951-1975 he served in the Air Force Reserve retiring with the rank of Major.

Mr. Nolen was serving as president of the Washington State Horticultural Association at the time of his death. In addition to his service on the Washington State Horticultural Association board of directors, he was also a member of the North Central Washington Fieldmen’s Association, Wenatchee Horticultural Society, Wenatchee Junior College Vo-Ag Advisory Board, Western Agricultural Chemical Association, Washington State Pesticide Consultants Association and Washington State Department of Agriculture Governor’s Advisory Board. Mr. Nolen served as an officer of many of these organizations.

Mr. Nolen welcomed the tremendous changes that swept the agriculture industry. He was a vocal opponent of government regulations, yet a staunch supporter of farm safety and environmental protection. As an orchardist himself, he described the farmer as “the biggest gambler in the world.”

Mr. Nolen was survived by his wife Nita of East Wenatchee and five children, Gerald Henry, Autumn Marie, Georgie Ann, Warren Nicholas and Peter Shawn.

The Gerald Nolen Memorial scholarship fund was created by the Washington State Horticultural Association Research & Scholarship Foundation in 1994.