1920 - 2006
Joe Bulleri was one of the original orchardists in Quincy. Born in 1920 in Ellensburg, Washington, he spent his formative years in Fife. Mr. Bulleri was called to serve his country during World War II and was stationed in Japan. After the war he returned to Washington State University, graduating in 1950 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture.
Mr. Bulleri’s love and passion for agriculture led him to the ideal farming landscape of Quincy. He and friend Les Guis soon went into business together and co-owned Quincy Truck and Implements and later Cascade View Orchards. Mr. Bulleri devoted the majority of his time managing the farming branch of the business. He later purchased a 74-acre orchard and named it after his only son, Peter. Mr. Bulleri along with George and Tom Pheasant, Jack and Dick Toevs, Glen Forney and Ray Emtman established one of the first controlled atmosphere buildings in Quincy, allowing apple growers to store their fruit for extended periods of time.
Mr. Bulleri was active in the community and compassionate about helping others. He was known for his quiet and thoughtful demeanor, always willing to extend a helping hand to fellow farmers and community endeavors. He was past President of the Quincy Rotary Club and involved in other organizations.
Mr. Bulleri was married to his wife Roberta for 53 years and they had one son, Peter.
In 2004, Mr. and Mrs. Bulleri established a private foundation to provide funding for education and research benefiting the tree fruit industry. To recognize his many contributions to the industry, family and community, a permanent scholarship assisting Quincy High School students was created in his name after his death. The scholarship is open to current and former graduates of Quincy High School pursuing a degree compatible with service to the tree fruit industry at an accredited two or four year college or university.