Former executive vice president at trout farmer Clear Springs Foods dies

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Don Riffle was at the US’ largest trout farmer for nearly 20 years.

In a statement, the US’ National Fisheries Institute writes that seafood Don Riffle, a seafood veteran with decades of experience has passed away at the age of age 69 after a year-long battle with cancer.

Riffle had spent more than 18 years as executive vice president at Buhl, Idaho-based trout farmer Clear Springs Foods, the US’ largest trout farmer. In all, he spent 38 years in the seafood industry, most recently as EVP of Sales and Marketing Department for the crab giant Handy International from 2016-2018.

“Don Riffle was a well-respected member of the seafood community. From Buhl, Idaho to Salisbury, Maryland with customers in every state in between, he brought 40 years of industry knowledge to the table. Whether he was talking trout or connecting on crab, he was an expert whose kind demeanor and fun personality made him a welcome addition to everything from NFI committee meetings to dinners in Boston,” wrote NFI President John Connelly.

“Don was a family man whose wife Ginny was so much a partner she was a fixture at industry events. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ginny and their entire family,” added Connelly.