Art Perry was born in 1944 to George and Violet Perry. He has always lived in Manteca, where his passion for agriculture began at a very young age. He attended Manteca High School and graduated in 1962. During high school, he was very involved in the Future Farmers of America. He attended California Polytechnic State University from 1962 to 1966, where he majored in Dairy Science.
He was Agriculture Council President, Vice President of the Alpha Zeta Honor Agriculture Fraternity, and was a member of the dairy judging team that competed at the national level in Waterloo, Iowa.
Although Art went to college to become an Agriculture teacher, his passion for farming and his love for his family kept bringing him back to the family farm.
Working alongside his dad and family members, the family farm grew into a sizable farming and produce marketing company, which is now George Perry and Sons, Inc. The various crops grown and marketed by George Perry and Sons include watermelons, pumpkins, hard-shell squash, tomatoes, beans, alfalfa, grain, and some seed crops.
Art had been instrumental in the development of higher quality and sizing standards in both the watermelon and pumpkin industries that is now used across the country. Art and his wife Diane have two sons and one daughter. Art carries on the family tradition of being involved in the community, donating watermelons and pumpkins to various organizations and events.