Don Callender, founder of Marie Callender's chain, dies

NEWPORT BEACH Calif. Industry veteran Donald W. Callender, founder of the Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery chain, died Wednesday. He was 81.

Callender was known through the restaurant world for his creative mind, attention to detail and his strong work ethic. Even with all of the success at Marie Callender’s, he most recently was designing a trio of high-volume barbecue restaurants in Southern California.

Born in Ventura, Calif., Callende

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