McCullough, First PVP Holder, Dies

Published online: Jan 23, 2004
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Funeral services for Martin Neil McCullough were held January 20, 2004, in Moses Lake, WA. He died January 15, 2004, at the age of 79.

Born in Idaho Falls, ID, but a longtime Kennewick, WA, resident, McCullough obtained the first private potato variety patent in the United States in 1975.

In 1975, Martin and his wife, Nell, who preceded him in death in 2002, formed Northwest Potato Sales Inc. and later McCullough Northwest Inc.

The couple prospered and retired in 1997.

McCullough is survived by three sons, eight grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

McCullough served in World War II and saw action in Sipan and Okinawa. He was wounded. His 96th division saw 100 percent casualties.