In Memoriam: Leonard Adrianus Poot
Thursday, October 15, 2020
The OAN is saddened to report the passing of Leonard Adrianus Poot, founder of Grower’s Nursery Supply in Salem, Oregon. He died September 30, 2020 at the age of 84.
Leonard was born in De Lier Holland, The Netherlands, and immigrated with his 11-member family to the United States in September 1955. His future wife’s family sponsored the Poot family. He married Elsie Boerman on September 30, 1960 in New York.
In 1964 Leonard moved his family to Ohio for a year before settling down to the San Joaquin Valley in California for 20 years. Leonard and Elsie first ran a chicken ranch and later a greenhouse operation that produced hothouse tomatoes and European cucumbers for grocery stores.
In 1985, they moved to Oregon where Leonard managed Nurseryman's Supply in Hubbard for a brief time, and then ran a Kubota and Snapper dealership shortly after. In the same town, he started Grower’s Nursery Supply in November of 1992. The business was moved to the north Salem area in March of 1995. The privately-owned distributor business provided supplies, growing media, tools, chemicals and greenhouse accessories.
The business was sold to Don Top in January 2005, and Leonard’s daughter, Janet Poot, continues to work there.
Leonard retired in Salem with this wife. They were married for 60 years and enjoyed camping, cross-country road trips, and being active in the church. Leonard served as an elder in the consistory.
Leonard continued to grow plants and flowers to sell. He suffered a massive stroke in August of 2013 and was wheelchair-bound, but he continued to make flower baskets until he passed.
A memorial service was held on October 8. Contributions in memory of Leonard can be sent to Immanuel’s Reformed Church, 4653 Sunnyview Road N.E., Salem, Oregon.