Fresno-area dairy legend Larry Shehadey dies at 102

Larry Shehadey, who built Producers Dairy into one of Fresno's most successful businesses, died this morning at Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno. He was 102.

John Shehadey said his father had been in failing health for a couple of months.

Larry Shehadey moved his family to Fresno in 1951 after he bought an interest in a small dairy. Producers was the top dairy in Fresno by 1954 after Shehadey "got to know this guy named Hopalong Cassidy," John Shehadey said. The cowboy star was the dairy's mascot.

Shehadey said of his father: "He was tough on my brother and I, but he was fair. He realized to survive, you have to be strong."

Larry Shehadey was a longtime financial supporter of Fresno hospitals, Fresno City College and California State University, Fresno, where the tower at the Save Mart Center is named for him.