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.