Longtime KFC, Wendy's franchisee Joseph Desmond dies

FRESNO Calif. Joseph Francis Desmond, one of the first franchisees of KFC and Wendy's and a past president of the California Restaurant Association, died Aug. 19 of natural causes at age 86.

When Desmond died at his home here, his JEM Management Corp. of Fresno operated 22 Wendy's restaurants, 15 KFC outlets and a 1,600-acre walnut farm. Though a successful Central Valley restaurateur for more than five decades, the World War II Marine Corps veteran may be best

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