Leoncio “Leo” Jimenez, founder of Leo’s Foods Inc., North Fort Worth, Texas, died May 17. He was 83.

An entrepreneur in the tortilla business, Jimenez founded Leo’s Foods in 1978. He worked for the company for 35 years, until he retired as CEO and president in 2009, after the company was purchased by Flowers Foods, Thomasville, Ga.

During his career, Jimenez was recognized in 1998 as Business Man of the Year by the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and inducted into the Tortilla Industry Association Hall of Fame in 2005.

Jimenez also served in the U.S. Army from during the Korean War, from 1950 to 1953 in the Red River Arsenal in Texas.

Jimenez is survived by his wife, Sule; children Danny Vasquez, Sandra Vasquez, Felix Jimenez and Juanita Flores; a sister; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram