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Calendar >  Vista Historical Society Honors 8 New Inductees to Hall of Fame

Vista Historical Society Honors 8 New Inductees to Hall of Fame

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TR Robertson – The Annual Meeting of the Vista Historical Society’s program involving inducting current and former outstanding members of the Society returned to an in-person event on Saturday at the Shadowridge Country Club. The country club’s dining room was full of Historical Society members, guests and dignitaries excited to be involved once again in the program, able to visit with friends, honor those selected and simply enjoy being out.

L-R: Gary Nix, Paul Eckert & Paula Nix

The program began with an introduction by current Historical Society President Alan “Spike” Harvey also leading those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance. Following this was an invocation lead by Terry Moxley. The Society also honored the lifetime achievements of Paul and Diane Eckert. After a delicious luncheon, the introduction of the newest members selected to the Vista Historical Society Hall of Fame began. Over 100 current and former members of the Society have been selected as Hall of Fame recipients since 1989. Each selected member was introduced either by a family member or a friend, detailing the accomplishments of the selected member and their dedication to the City of Vista.

David Larkin and Emcee TR Robertson

The first recipient for the Hall of Fame was Bainbridge and Nancy Larkin with an introduction by Russell Harvey. The Larkin’s moved to Vista in 1949, almost immediately becoming involved in numerous organizations, as well as Bainbridge setting up his dentist office. Bainbridge, also known as Dick, and Nancy loved music and encouraged music in the Vista school’s education programs. They formed the Vista Band Boosters organization in 1957. The couple bought 10 acres on Mission Road, halfway between Bonsall and Fallbrook. They built a general store and a restaurant, naming the complex Valley Fort. On the weekends Dixieland music and “old time” Western gunfights were featured. Dick’s dentistry practice lasted from 1949 until 1963, known as the “Gentle Dentist”.

L-R: Ron Holloway, Wayne Campbell and Emcee TR Robertson

The next recipient was Ron Holloway, introduced by Wayne Campbell. Ron is a registered Civil Engineer and Senior Vice President in charge of the engineering division of BHA, Inc., a land planning, civil engineering, and surveying firm he co-founded. Ron is a long-time resident of Vista and is know for his work with Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. He is a founding board member beginning in 1999. He is a 30-year member of Amigos de Vista Lions Club, a member of Vista’s Youth Basketball Advisory Board and has previously served on Vista’s Parks and Recreation Commission, the Traffic Commission and was Treasurer of the City Sales Tax Initiative.

Ted Huntalas Family

The next Hall of Fame inductee was Ted Huntalas, introduced by his son Nicholas Huntalas. Ted was born on the family ranch in Vista in 1923. The ranch was later named Rancho Minerva. He attended Vista High School and was a member of the first graduating class for Vista High. Ted served in WW II, graduated from UC Berkley, and then returned to run the family citrus ranch. His family helped form the Vista Irrigation District and he became an active licensed realtor and land developer. Ted was a donor to the Vista Historical Society, a member of the Hellenic Cultural Society, a lifetime member of /AHEPA and Pan Arcadian Greek philanthropy organizations.

L-R: Kathy Brombacher, Jim and Carlotta Malone

The fifth and sixth Hall of Fame recipients were Jim and Carlotta Malone, introduced by former Moonlight Amphitheatre Artistic Director Kathy Brombacher. Jim was a teacher at Vista High School, beginning in 1971. He taught history, government, economics and French and he was also the swimming and water polo coach.  In 1987 he moved over to Rancho Buena Vista High School, teaching the same subjects, and coaching swimming and water polo. In 1982 he began volunteering for Moonlight Amphitheatre, doing whatever they needed for theatre productions. He became a regular employee for Moonlight as the head carpenter, building scenery for the shows. Jim was inducted into the San Diego Coaches Hall of Fame and still finds time to help at RBV for their productions. Carlotta was a substitute teacher in the 70’s and 80’s and was a coach for the Vista High girls swim and dive team. In 1987 she became a full-time teacher at Monte Vista Elementary until her retirement in 1987. Her first volunteer year at Moonlight was in 1981. Her work led her to become the go-to costumer for all the Moonlight productions.

Marty Miller and Daughter Karri

Inductee number seven was Marty Miller, introduced by is daughter Karri Knodel. Marty’s love of baseball led him to coach baseball at El Camino High School as Vista Little League baseball. In 2005 the team made it to the finals of the Little League World Series. He has been a board member of Rancho Buena vista Little League, selected as the Man of the Year in 2005 for the Boys & Girls Club of Vista, a Past President and Vice President of Vista Optimist Blub. Marty owns a construction company in Vista and has served as Chair of the District’s Public Affairs, Water Sustainability and Warner Ranch committees. He has represented Division 1 serving on the Vista Irrigation District Board of Directors and is the Districts representative on the San Diego County Water Authority board of Directors.

Carol Herrera and Mary Regan

The final Hall of Fame Inductee was Mary Regan, introduced by Carol Herrera, former Vista School Board Member. Mary is a long-time resident of Vista. For over 30 years she has been an active member of Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista. She has been an organizer of the Great Gatsby fundraiser, raising funds for Operation Hope of Vista. Mary is a supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of Vista, the Women’s Club, Chamber of Commerce. She is a successful businesswoman involved in the real estate mortgage community for 30 plus years. In 2005 she successfully helped bring the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops to Vista, becoming an annual event at Moonlight, hopefully returning after a yearlong COVID hiatus.

Following the induction of these Hall of Fame members, President Alan Harvey recognized two outgoing Vista Historical Society members, Michele Moxley and Chuck Rabel. Also recognized were four new members of the Board – John Aguilera, David Larkin, Jim and Carlotta Malone and Pat Richardson. They will join existing Board members, Alan Harvey, Carolyn Chirboga, Terry Moxley, Sandi Graham, Sharon Larimer, Russell Harvey, and Eleanor Hutchins. A State of the Society listed the future goals of the Society and some issues the Historical Society had with a water leak and needed repairs from the damage. The successful in-person Hall of Fame Induction was enjoyed by those in attendance and the chance to celebrate this event once again at Shadowridge Country Club was appreciated by everyone at the event



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