John VanRensselaer King was born in Summit, New Jersey on March 21, 1935 to Julia Benedict Greene and Jamie Hartman King. Mr. King passed away Friday, March 26, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Mr. King graduated from Dartmouth College in 1957 and then served in the U.S. Army. He was to become an eclectic serial entrepreneur and business executive.
After several years as a successful sales representative in the plastic pipe industry, Mr. King was hired by GSR Corporation (Sloane), the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic pipe fittings, and at the age of 35 was promoted to President of the corporation.
Mr. King later founded Kraloy Products, a producer of plastic electrical fittings.
Mr. King founded “Miller and King”, a major Paso Rubles California cattle and grain farming operation. He was a Founder and Director of Heritage Oaks Bank.
In 1992, Mr. King went to Russia during the collapse of the Soviet Union and founded the Saint Springs Water Company, which grew to become one of Europe’s largest bottling companies and which became part of Nestle Corporation in 2000. The story of this remarkable venture was run as a New York Times feature on May 23, 1994.
Mr. King is survived by his wife, Marina, two children, and five grandchildren.