Edward Fox, 82, founder of Fox Electronics in Fort Myers, died May 14 after fighting Alzheimer's disease for more than 26 years.
In recent years, Fox's son, E.L. Fox Jr., ran the privately held company. Integrated Device Technology, a California-based manufacturer, acquired Fox for $30 million in cash in early 2012. In 2011, the company reported annual sales of $23 million.
Fox Electronics continues to operate at the Billy Creek Commerce Center in Fort Myers. It's one of the largest manufacturers in the world of frequency control parts for electronic products, from cell phones to computers.
The elder Fox, a Wyoming native, founded Fox Electronics in Fort Myers in 1979, according to his official obituary, posted by Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home & Cemetery. Before he formed Fox Electronics, he was president of Crystek Crystals Corp. and an executive with General Electric.
Fox Electronics earned widespread recognition over the years as one of the leading manufacturing companies in Southwest Florida. In 2007, the company earned the Horizon Council Industry Appreciation Award for manufacturing. In 2006 it earned the Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award.
Fox is survived by his wife, Ellie, son, E.L. Fox Jr., and sister Bernadine Green of Sun City, Ariz.