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OXNARD, CA -- John Leo Boskovich, former vice president of Boskovich Farms in Oxnard, CA, died Sept. 7 at the age of 84 after a brief period of declining health.

Mr. Boskovich, along with his brothers Phil and George, helped found Boskovich Brothers Farms, which later became Boskovich Farms, according to a Sept. 22 press release. He followed in the footsteps of his father, Stephen Boskovich, a Croatian immigrant who was one of the early farmers to work the San Fernando Valley. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Mr. Boskovich returned home and joined his brothers growing green onions and selling them throughout Southern California and later North America.

Mr. Boskovich was also known for his fundraising efforts for the University of Southern California marching band, where "Bosko's Barbecue" became a regular fixture at USC football games, serving as a tailgate party for upwards of 700 people, with all proceeds going to the band.

Mr. Boskovich is survived by his brother Philip, many nieces, nephews and extended family.