Monday, September 30, 2013


A friend sent me this story about a tree grower who really lived up to the Christian model of giving more than you take.

"The man responsible for the finest quality fruit trees sold throughout the world, Robert G. Durling, who gave millions to Christian causes yet lived in a trailer at the end of his life, passed to his reward on August 29, 2013. He was 94.

“The highest quality citrus trees are grown at Durling Nursery,” said Martha Stewart, in a television program she produced on location at the sprawling, 175-acre Durling ranch in Fallbrook, California. The Durling Nursery trees are sold through Home Depot and other outlets, and shipped as far as Europe and the Middle East.

Blessed with health and strength and the work ethic of a bygone era, Durling worked six days a week until his retirement at age 92. He believed his strength and success came from above so he could bless others. Indeed, he tithed over 90 percent of his income in his later years, according to a family member.

In 2004, he gave away the modest two-story home he and wife Eleanor lived in on the ranch, because her arthritis made it difficult to negotiate the stairs. They moved into an even-more modest mobile home set among the glorious groves of naval oranges, Meyer lemons, Mexican limes and avocadoes.
From matching recliners, they watched Christian programming in their free time. Their furnishings evoked the simplicity and straightforward utility of a Sears showroom.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Durling served in the Navy from 1944 until 1945. After the war, he joined the nursery business started by his father in 1926. Durling moved the business from Orange County to Fallbrook in 1960."

What a model of Christian living and giving!

Ed Winkle


  1. He certainly didn't follow the MODERN attitudes on wealth.

  2. Amazing story, isn't it Gorges? There are probably more people doing the same thing in their daily lives but we just don't hear about them.

    Yes, most of us act like we are going to live forever or take it all with us and it doesn't work that way.

    We are in for a RUDE awakening!