Marion Elliott was born in Bakersfield on July 14, 1934 and moved to Manteca at age 9.
The 1952 Manteca High graduate was hired as a sixth grade teacher for the then-new New Haven School after a two-year stint in the Army at White Sands in New Mexico.
The Fresno State graduate who obtained his masters in education from Stanislaus State in 1979, was employed for 37 years in the Manteca Unified School District. He taught at New Haven, Golden West, and Lathrop. His administrative career included stints as vice principal at Lathrop School and Manteca High and 17 years as Lincoln School principal when he retired in June of 1995.
He was a part-time recreation director for the City of Manteca and was responsible for starting the adult softball league. He was involved in the first Manteca babe Ruth Baseball League and has served as district, state, regional, and international commissioner for the baseball organization. Elliott is currently executive secretary of the National Babe Ruth Umpires Association and is still serving as a high school baseball umpire and has officiated basketball and football in previous years. Elliott is a big fan of Manteca history, writing the "Backward Glances" and "Sports Yesteryear" columns for the Manteca Bulletin. He is already a member of the Manteca High Hall of Fame.