Walter Knott passed away on December 3, 1981, after a long bout with Parkinson's Disease. Beginning in the late 1960s, Knott slowly transferred his duties and Berry Farm ownership to his four children. For the last decade of his life Knott lived in an air conditioned mobile home on a corner of Farm property with the care of nurses and the well-wishes of many friendly employees. Knott could often be spotted on his front porch to nod at passerby despite the Parkinson's that had taken his voice.
A quiet, simple, and humble man who neither smoked nor drank nor swore, the Los Angeles Times noted the berry farmer traced his life-long philosophy of "pride, thrift, piety, independence, and self-sufficiency" to his pioneer grandparents and parents. Knott's four children were present upon his passing — eight days before his 92nd birthday.
Dec 11, 1889 - Dec 03, 1981
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