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Associated Potato Growers' Jim LeQuire dies suddenly

James (JD) LeQuire, a sales representative at Associated Potato Growers Inc. in Grand Forks, ND, died from an apparent heart attack in Grand Forks on June 1. He was 66.

Paul Dolan, the manager of Associated Potato Growers, told The Produce News, “He will be dearly missed by all of the employees at Associated and by the growers and everybody else that knew him. He was the kind of guy that was full of life and loved people.”

Dolan said that on June 1 LeQuire had finished mowing his mother’s yard, walked toward her house and then collapsed. Not much later, he died surrounded by his family in Grand Forks’ Altru Hospital.

According to a press release from the Northern Plains Potato Growers, LeQuire was planning to retire soon.

LeQuire was born April 28, 1948, in St. Paul, MN, according to The Grand Forks Herald. He and his wife, Donna (Beglau) LeQuire, lived in Moorhead, MN. He had worked for Associated Potato Growers since 2011.

Married on December 28, 1975, he and Donna first made their home in Grafton, ND, while he was in a partnership in business at Grower Sales. In 1985 they moved to Glyndon, MN, where he worked for the Mike Layton Co. for almost 25 years. In 2000, the couple moved to Moorhead.

Mr. LeQuire was born to John and Natalie (Johnston) LeQuire. He grew up and graduated from high school in Grafton. Mr. LeQuire graduated from University of North Dakota with a degree in civil engineering. He was an avid fan of the Fighting Sioux Hockey, attending most games. He and Donna enjoyed curling together in Grafton. Most of all, LeQuire enjoyed his time on the golf course, playing many rounds over the years with his golfing buddies.

He got his one and only hole-in-one at the Fair Oaks Golf Course in Grafton on June 7, 1984. In 2002 he won the Seniors Championship at the Meadows Golf Course in Moorhead, MN. He also loved spending time with his grandson, Wyatt.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Beth (Steve Miller) LeQuire, Gwinner, ND; a son, Jeremy (Kayla Grosz) LeQuire, Davenport, ND; mother, Natalie Meier; two brothers, Bob (Sherrie) LeQuire, Grand Forks, ND, and Bill (Jill) LeQuire, Omaha, NE; grandson, Wyatt Vein; honorary grandchildren, Savannah and Colten Vein; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, Milton and Hazel Johnston, and LeRoy Meier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in memory of LeQuire to the American Diabetes Association. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 11 5-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. in Wright Funeral Home. The memorial service will be Thursday, June 12 at 1 p.m. in Grace United Methodist Church, Moorhead, MN.