The surviving co-founder of San Francisco staple Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Larry Mitchell, died May 12, his family announced Saturday.
Mitchell was 88-years-old and died of a stroke, according to a post written by his family on Mitchell’s Ice Cream’s Facebook.
“At his request, his funeral service was private,” his children, Linda and Brian Mitchell, wrote.
Larry Mitchell and his brother Jack opened their Mission District store on June 6, 1953, the family wrote — in what would later be called a San Francisco institution. It was hailed by Zagat as a “food lover’s treasure,” and one of the “best ice cream shops in the world” by a Conde Nast reader poll.
“Larry was a trailblazer in the ice cream industry by introducing tropical fruit flavors to the Bay Area,” his family wrote. “He began importing Mangoes in the early 1960’s, and subsequently added Ube, Macapuno, Avocado, Lucuma and many other fruits to his repertoire of flavors.”
Larry Mitchell had a hand in day-to-day operations of the iconic ice cream store until he retired at 87-years-old, the family wrote. His brother and ice cream store co-founder Jack died in 2007.
“He was a modest, hard-working San Francisco native,” they wrote, “Our father will be greatly missed by all of us here at Mitchell’s, but we know that he will be watching over us every day as we continue his legacy.”Conde NastFacebookLarry MitchellMission districtMitchell's Ice CreamZabat