Don Christopher, co-founder of Gilroy Garlic Festival, dies at 88

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Don Christopher, co-founder of Gilroy Garlic Festival, dies at 88
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Don Christopher, owner of Christopher Ranch and the co-founder of world-famous Gilroy Garlic Festival, has died.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Don Christopher, owner of Christopher Ranch and the co-founder of Gilroy Garlic Festival, has died. He was 88.

The company announced through a tweet that Christopher passed away "peacefully surrounded by family" on Monday.

Christopher founded Christopher Ranch -- known as the Garlic Capital of the World -- back in 1956.

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He was also the co-founder of the world-famous Gilroy Garlic Festival.

The ranch produces nearly 6,000 acres of California heirloom garlic.

His product is served across the U.S. year-round.

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