Max Foster


Personal and Family Information

Max was born on 16 APR 1906 in Oklahoma, the son of unknown parents.

He died on 23 SEP 1996 in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California.

His wife was Verda Presnell. They were married, but the date and place have not been found. Their four known children were Paul (?-?), George (?-?), Tom (?-?) and Max (?-?).


Birth16 APR 1906
Place: Oklahoma
Death23 SEP 1996
Place: Modesto, Stanislaus County, California


Note 1

Businessman. He was the founder and patriarch of Foster Farms poultry and dairy company. In 1939, Foster was a city editor at the Modesto Bee when he and his wife, Verda, made a down payment on a repossessed 80-acre farm near Modesto, California, using $1,000 borrowed on a life insurance policy. They began raising turkeys and expanded to chickens and dairy cattle in the 1940s. Over the years, the couple's business experienced phenomenal growth and to date, Foster Farms is the largest privately owned dairy and poultry business in California. It remains a family-owned business which continues the tradition and vision of producing premium quality products. The company provides distribution via eight additional facilities located throughout the state, employs approximately 650 people and averages $300 million in annual sales.