Al Nunes

Al Nunes


James Albert Nunes founded A.C. Trucking in 1971 with one truck that he drove himself.

Today, A.C. Trucking employs over 40 people, operates 35 trucks and over 150 trailers, with revenues exceeding $3.5 million annually.

A.C. Trucking started in 1971 hauling milk. In 1986, Nunes sold that end of the business and concentrated on hauling freight.

To Nunes, trucking isn't a business - it's family, friendship' and tradition. He is also active in other business ventures: R.J.S. Enterprises; Davis Nunes Properties; and A.B.J. Properties.

In l990, the California Trucking Association awarded A.C. Trucking third place in Fleet Safety for trucking companies under 2 million miles. In subsequent safety competitions the Manteca firm earned first in 1994, first in 1995, second in 1997, and first in 1998.

Nunes received the J.C.I. Senator Award from Jaycees in 1978. He served on the Manteca Planning Commission from 1982 to 1990 and was a member of the Private Industry Council San Joaquin County for three terms. He also serves on various trucking association committees.

His community service includes helping charter Manteca Little League in 1985, president the Manteca Cowboys Youth Football organization in 1993, president of Manteca Rotary from 1993 to 1994, president of the Manteca Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1976, regional director and vice president of the California Jaycees from 1977 to 1979, and board member of the Manteca Rainbow Girls from 1989 to 1991.

Christopher Allen Carr

Chris Carr


While still a student at Manteca High in 1984, Christopher Allen Carr was the Junior National Dirt Track Champion. Upon graduating, Carr turned professional.

Carr is a seven time National Champion in the 600 Series Dirt Bike classification. No other person in history has accomplished such a feat. The biggest honor he has attained is winning the American Motorcycle Association's Grand National Championship in 1992. It was an accomplishment he repeated in 1999.

Carr was Rookie of the Year in 1985 for the Grand National Dirt Track Series — the same year he graduated from Manteca High. He was the 1992 Motorcycle Dirt Track Racer of the Year and the 1995 Rookie of the Year for the SuperBike National Road Race Series.

He was inducted into the first class of the Manteca High Hall of Fame in 1989.

Chuck Shaefer

Chuck Shaefer


Charles Joseph "Chuck" Shaefer dedicated his heart and soul to the citizens and city of Manteca whether it was mingling at a Senior Center event, serving as master of ceremonies for a community activity, or talking with a concerned citizen at a local coffee shop.

He served as a councilman from 1970 through 1984 and as mayor from 1972 to 1973. Shaefer served as general chairman of the special events committee of the Manteca Chamber of Commerce and helped establish the Fourth of July celebration at Gus Schmiedt Field. He served as master of ceremonies for over 100 events during a 15-year stretch including Fourth of July, Miss Manteca pageants, Labor Day ceremonies, and Veteran’s Day remembrances. He served as past master of the Tyrian Lodge of Masons, served as president of the Manteca Cowboys Pop Warner football organization and volunteered for numerous other community endeavors.

He was instrumental in getting funding for the Manteca Industrial Park, Highway 120 Bypass, building the Civic Center, Northgate Park, and many other civic improvements.

He served as a volunteer Manteca firefighter and Manteca Ambulance driver for over 15 years. He was a member of Scottish Rite, Kiwanis Club, Toastmasters, Manteca DeMolay, Manteca Rainbow Girls, Knights Templar, and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Don Stewart

Don Stewart


Don Stewart was a man who never got tired when it concerned community service and still managed to transform a struggling Manteca Carpenters Union into one of the most recognized locals in the San Joaquin Valley. He was a business agent from 1970 to 1995.

No job was too large or too small for Don whether it was sharpening pencils at church, helping at bingo, or putting up the city flag on a holiday. He played a major roll in the building of the Manteca Boys & Girls Club where a playground is named in his honor, and served as president and board member. He received four bronze stars from the U.S. Army for service in the European theater during World War II. He was a commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311 from 1983 to 1986, was a Manteca Rotary member, Fourth of July and Manteca Pumpkin Fair organizer, served in the Manteca Police reserves for 10 years, was a food distributor for needy people in Manteca, was a strong advocate for Manteca Democrats, served in the American Legion, and Manteca Historical Society.

He was awarded with a Rotary Paul Harris Award in 1996 for his out standing achievement in helping people.

Dorothy Indelicato

Dorothy Indelicato


Dorothy Indelicato, treasurer of Delicato Vineyards, attended Manteca schools and graduated from Stockton College. She has spent her entire life within four miles of the Manteca winery and has been active for over 40 years in the winery's management.

She has served as a trustee of the Stockton Symphony Association, currently serves on the Symphony Comes to Manteca Committee, is chairman of the annual Delicato Grape Stomp charity event, and organizes numerous art shows at the family winery.

She has been a member of Manteca Soroptimists for over 25 years and has served as chairman of the South County Crime Stoppers, director of the San Joaquin County Business Council, and six years as director of St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Índelicato is now serving as a member of the board for the Auxiliary Foundation of San Joaquin Delta College, the St. Dominic's Hospital Council, chairman of the St. Dominic's Hospital Development Council, is an executive committee member of the St. Joseph's Regional Health Systems Development Council, and an associate director of the Stockton Symphony Association.

She is married to Vincent Indelicato, co-owner of Delicato Vineyards.

To commemorate the winery's 50th anniversary in 1985, Indelicato and Arlene Mueller co-authored "Wine, Food, & the Good Life", a historical cookbook now in its second printing.

John W. Harris

John W. Harris


John W. Harris' family moved to Manteca in 1949.

The 1958 Manteca Union High School graduate began his 32-year career with the San Joaquin Probation Department upon graduation from Sacramento State College in 1963. He shunned promotions along the way in order to continue working with children as a juvenile officer. In 1969, he helped start the department's Olympic Center, a school for court wards not wanted by their home school, as a teacher/counselor. This program is still in existence today and was a forerunner for the San Joaquin County ONE Community School Program.

Harris originated the concept of Police/Probation Community Co-operation Program in 1972. He supervised the Manteca Co-Op for 13 years. The program was recognized in l974 by the California Youth Authority as the most innovated delinquency prevention program in the state.

Harris was elected in 1977 to the Manteca Unified School District Board. He served for 12 years as a school trustee. Harris was a founding member of the Manteca house Counseling Center, Valley Community Counseling Center, and the Manteca Boys & Girls Club.

He was selected to the City Council in 1994 and re-elected in 1998. Harris was a founding member of the successful Altamont Commuter Express Service and is current chairman of the San Joaquin Council of Governments. He was a charter inductee into the Manteca High Hall of Fame in 1989.

Willie Weatherford

Willie Weatherford

Community Service

Willie Weatherford's community service record spans nearly four decades.

Weatherford is a retired Manteca police chief and was elected to the Manteca City Council in 1996. He was one of the founders of the Manteca Boys & Girls Club and is involved in the Manteca Noon Kiwanis, Manteca Prayer Breakfast, youth sporting organizations, and such activities as serving on the Manteca Manor senior housing board.

The 1961 Galt High graduate enlisted in the United States Air Force where he started his law enforcement career as an Air Policeman.

While stationed in Kansas he met Sherilyn Alwin. The two married on May 7, 1963. He was discharged in 1965. The following year, he was hired in Manteca as a rookie police officer and rose to the rank of captain by 1978.

In 1983, Weatherford was selected as Galt's police chief. The following year he took over the reins as city manager. During his tenure, Galt annexed 1,700 acres, helped establish a Boys & Girls Club and a softball complex.

Weatherford returned to Manteca in 1987 as police chief and held that position until his retirement in 1996.