Loading...
You are here:  Home  >  Calendar >  Class Of Vista’s 2023 Hall Of Fame Nominees

Class Of Vista’s 2023 Hall Of Fame Nominees

By   /  April 14, 2023  /  2 Comments

    Print    

The following residents of Vista have been nominated to the Class of 2023 Hall Of Fame. Celebrate with us at our Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame Induction at Shadowridge Golf Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Cost is $50 per individual.

Please purchase your tickets no later than April 28, 2023. Tickets may be purchased online HERE or Download, print Registration Form and mail to Post Office Box 1032, Vista, CA 92085

Cathy Brendel Regular Division 2023

Cathy Brendel has given leadership and service to the City of Vista for over 30 years. As Director of the City’s Parks and Community Services Department she oversaw the origins, development and operations of Moonlight Amphitheatre; of the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, (both its acquisition and its conversion into an educational museum).  Cathy assisted in the creation of the Wave Waterpark; the creation of the City’s Out and About senior transportation program and overhauled the City’s rental programs which facilitate the public’s use of City buildings for public use. She has overseen the Moonlight Amphitheatre capital building improvements after the passing of Proposition L and the building of new ballparks and recreational areas. She has facilitated fund-raising for the community’s non-profit Moonlight Cultural Foundation, the 4th of July Committee, Operation Hope, Rotary Club, Amigos de Vista Lions Club, Alta Vista Gardens, Vista Garden Club, and Friends of the Rancho, The Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis. She has volunteered countless hours with City Beautification committees, Operation Hope, the Moonlight Angels and has represented Vista as President of the San Diego Chapter of the California Parks and Recreation Society; she was given a CPRS Presidential Award in 2002. Cathy moved to Vista to work in 1978 right after she graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Recreation Administration.   Mayor Judy Ritter has said upon her retirement that Cathy was a great lady and an expert at diplomacy; she was much loved by her staff and members of the community.

Dr. Dave Cowles *Regular Division 2023

first came to Vista in 1962 when his mother, Mary Cowles, began teaching at Santa Fe Elementary School. At that time, he was in college in Seattle, but spent summers in and around Vista with his family. He grew to appreciate the climate, lifestyle and nearby attractions in Vista and always hoped to be able to live here one day. That opportunity came to him in 1998 when he was selected to be Superintendent of the Vista Unified School District. Dave also served on the committee for the passage of the City of Vista’s Proposition L which provided vital resources to fund public safety, including new fire stations, as well as a new City Hall, a new sports park, and the rebuilding of the Moonlight Amphitheatre.

While superintendent, Dave worked with Mayor Morris Vance and community members to establish the Vista Education Foundation (VEF) which for the past seventeen years has provided educational support and scholarships to Vista students and schools.

                 After retiring from the School District in 2006, Dave has continued his community involvement by serving on the Board of Trustees for the Vista Community Clinic, the Board of Directors for the Moonlight Cultural Foundation, and the Board of Directors for Operation Hope. In 2010, Dave was elected to the Vista City Council where he served four years. During his time in office, several downtown improvements were initiated including the Paseo Santa Fe Redevelopment Project and the Downtown Improvement District.

Alan “Spike” Harvey Regular Division 2023

Alan “Spike” Harvey was born to Orbee and Eugene Harvey in July 1940 and joined his family who lived on Monte Vista Drive here in Vista. Spike and his sisters Donna Harvey Fields and Nancy Harvey Imoto are 2nd generation California natives. Both of their parents were born and raised in Lyons Valley in East San Diego County. Their father “Gene” Harvey was the first California Highway Patrol Officer in North San Diego County. Spike grew up in Vista.Spike has been supportive and a member of many local organizations: He was active with his son’s little league as coach and later umpire for The Vista National Little League: he was a member of the Vista Junior Chamber of Commerce, a Board of Directors member of the Vista Chamber of Commerce, an officer in the 1968 Elks Lodge and a member of the Vista Host Lion’s Club. He is currently serving as a board member of the Walter Zable San Diego National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame and has been for 33 years. Spike has served on The Vista Historical Society Board for 12 years, as president for two years. He is a member and volunteer of the American Legion Post 365. Spike also has served in his church for 31 years here in Vista where he continues to serve. For 20 years, he and Beth have hosted a “Life Group” in their home each week through their church.

Doug Davis and Randall Hickman Regular Division 2023

On a Spring day in 1989 there was a great deal of excitement at the Senior Center. Auditions were underway for the Summer Season of the Moonlight and there were many hopeful actors of all ages waiting for their turn to be seen by the directors and choreographers. Enter Randall Hickman and Doug Davis. They just arrived in the area from Southern Utah. They had recently graduated from Southern Utah College and were intending to enroll in the Masters Program at San Diego State. They had seen a notice in the paper and they walked into the middle of the open auditions. Randy and Doug started the Arts Between the Tracks program. As the years rolled around the youth program they had run for the Vista Recreation Program became the Randy and Doug started the Arts Between the Tracks program Premier for Kids youth arts program which provided arts training for local students through summer and after school. This program eventually added the Premiere Productions program for adults also. Eventually in 2004 the pair opened the Broadway Theatre in downtown Vista. They also have a youth company in San Marcos, Broadway Theatre West. Recently they have added dinner theatre at the Wildwood Restaurant in town.

Pat and Connie Hubbard Regular Division 2023

Pat and Connie Hubbard have been an integral part of Vista’s social fabric and business community for more than 60 years. From the beginning, they wanted to involve themselves in what was then a small town of less than 10,000 people. They joined the Lions Club of Vista in 1959 and became two of the youngest members in the entire country; they helped start the Vista Boys & Girls Club; and they built a business – Hubbard’s Meats. When they sold the butcher shop in the 1990s, they weren’t ready to retire; so they became realtors, taking special joy in finding young couples their first house. They also increased their community involvement. Connie, for example, joined the Children’s Home Society. She also became a docent at Rancho Buena Vista Adobe,  giving tours  at what maybe the most interesting house in all of North County. They would readily put aside their personal interests and do the work necessary to make Vista a great place to live and raise a family.

Dr. Frank Trotta 1927-1990 Early Residents Division 2023

Frank Trotta was a great Vistan whose wife, Mary, and six children all played a role in the city’s history.

             Trotta moved to Vista in 1961 with his young family when Tri-City Hospital opened and he was the one and only cardiologist at the brand new medical center. He chose Vista as his home and lived here until his untimely death from cancer in 1990 at age 62.

             His wife Mary Trotta still lives in Vista where she has been an active member of the community, in part by raising six children, all of the Vista High School graduates. Likewise, Frank Trotta encouraged his wife Mary to pursue her own interests, and Mary has been a pillar of the community, serving on the Palomar College board of trustees, PTA president at Vista High, grief counselor at St. Francis Catholic Church, and volunteering as a tutor to underserved elementary school students, among other activities.

First Vista Irrigation District- Board of Directors 1923 Early Residents Division 2023

First Board of Directors, Vista Irrigation District George S. Henry, Jules J. Delpy, F.J. “Jack” Knight, Harry S. Merriam and Chester D. Gunn

                 Vista Irrigation District (VID) was formed in August 1923, when a vote of the people netted 104 votes “in favor” and just 4 votes “against”. The overwhelming passage of the vote prompted a big celebration as the people of Vista welcomed the opportunity to live in a community with ample water for their farms and orchards. George S. Henry, Jules J. Delpy, F.J. “Jack” Knight, Harry S. Merriam and Chester D. Gunn were elected to serve as the first VID Board of Directors; these five men were respected and influential members of the community who not only brought water to Vista but were notable to the history of Vista in other ways as well.

George S. Henry was the first VID Board President, guiding the development of a system to bring water to Vista residents; he was also busy as a founding member of the Vista Chamber of Commerce. His contemporary, Jules J. Delpy, was a successful farmer, a founding member of the Vista Chamber of Commerce and contributed to the formation of the Vista School District.  F.J. “Jack” Knight was the owner of Buena Vista Ranch Adobe; he and his wife Mary McKinney generously donated a portion of their 51-acres to the Vista community to forever be enjoyed as Vista’s beautiful Wildwood Park.  Harry S. Merriam served as VID Board President in 1926; the year that water finally came to Vista from Lake Henshaw. George S. Henry was the first VID Board President, guiding the development of a system to bring water to Vista residents; he was also busy as a founding member of the Vista Chamber of Commerce. His contemporary, Jules J. Delpy, was a successful farmer, a founding member of the Vista Chamber of Commerce and contributed to the formation of the Vista School District.  F.J. “Jack” Knight was the owner of Buena Vista Ranch Adobe; he and his wife Mary McKinney generously donated a portion of their 51-acres to the Vista community to forever be enjoyed as Vista’s beautiful Wildwood Park.  Harry S. Merriam served as VID Board President in 1926; the year that water finally came to Vista from Lake Henshaw. In 1922, Chester D. Gunn, along with Harry S. Merriam, were appointed to a committee to look into securing water for North County. Their efforts on that committee resulted in the formation of Lake Henshaw, a vital part of Vista’s water supply to this day.

    Print    

Do you want more news like this? We're supported by our subscribers and readers!

About the author

Founder

2 Comments

  1. Julia Shriver says:

    My dad
    James C Jordan and his dad bought a ranch in 1926
    My dad was dedicated to the
    BTPark field in 2016
    My mom and dads plaque is on the backside of the dugout
    It was a full on dedication
    With Jim Porters agreement & blessing and
    Cathy Brendel acknowledgment
    The men’s slow pitch tornament
    Even stopped it’s games to witness the dedication. Along with Miss Vista and many patrons.

  2. Peter Kuchinsky says:

    Congratulations to this year’s Hall of Fame class. Each has contributed to what makes Vista one of the “best places to live in the U.S. Thank you to the Historical Society for recognizing these individuals and keeping Vista’s history alive and remembered.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You might also like...

Linda Sue Ledesma Obituary

Read More →