Louis Escobar, owner of Escobar Farms, dies at 84

This is a contributed photo of Louis Escobar.

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WLNE) — Louis Escobar, the owner of Escobar Farms in Portsmouth, died at his home last week.

Escobar, 84, also known as “Mr. Portsmouth,” took over his family’s farm in 1972. The farm is especially known for its annual corn maze and his Fourth of July fireworks display.

“No matter what else was going on, he wanted to make sure he was there for the community,” Jane Escobar, his wife, told ABC6.

Even after a tractor accident that left him a functioning quadriplegic, Escobar continued roaming the farm in his wheelchair.

“So he had a phrase, he had a number of catch phrases, and one that always kind of stuck with me was ‘you have to be tougher than what’s after ya’ and he definitely put that to the test,” Quinton Morse, a friend, and coworker of Louis said.

He also loved to educate visitors by explaining how the milk industry runs and teaching them about feed production.

“He was a hell of a farmer, just a good guy,” Morse added.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Escobar, and three children, according to his obituary.

“Some people cant wait to be retired so that they can do what they want to do, and he said he guessed he’s been retired his whole life,” Jane Escobar said.

Visiting hours will be held Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Connors Funeral Home in Portsmouth.

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