Charles (Charlie) Halford has lived in the greater Manteca/Lathrop area all his life and has been involved with various community activities that have supplied valuable programs to our residents young and old.
Dorothy became interested in acting white attending elementary school in Lodi. She has been involved in theater in one form or another ever since.
Dorothy and her husband Edward moved to Manteca in 1968 and became the drama teacher at Manteca High School. She stayed at Manteca High School until she retired in 1995. That same year her beloved classroom was named the DOROTHY MULVIHILL THEATER, a crowning achievement to an outstanding educator.
She has received numerous awards and recognitions to her contributions to the arts:
• 1989 California Educator of the Year - Theatrical area - the School Board Association.
• 1989 Woman of the Year - Girt Scouts of America.
• 1992 outstanding Contribution to Youth - San Joaquín justice Comm.
• 1995 Golden Apple Award - San Joaquín Board of Education.
• 2002-2003 "Willie" Award for lifetime achievement. - Stockton Civic Theater.
Dorothy (Mother Mulvihill) has influenced many young students during her twenty-seven years at Manteca High School and continues to do so even today Dorothy is still involved heavily in the Stockton Civic Theater, both in front of and behind the curtain.
Dorothy and her husband Edward have three children: LT. Col. Patrick Mulvihill, Sandy, and Deanna Mulvihill.
One of Manteca''s native sons, Ed Larimer attended local schools, graduating from Manteca High School in 1964. While in high school he was active in Boy Scouts and earned the prestigious Eagle Scout rank. This led to an adult interest in Scouting, later serving as District Chairman and receiving numerous awards.
As a high school student, Ed swept floors and performed odd jobs at a local pharmacy. After high school graduation, he attended the University of the Pacific and graduated as a pharmacist. Balancing a career in pharmacy with a wife and four children, Ed became active in setting up the in-patient pharmacy at Doctors Hospital Manteca. He also worked with UOP pharmacy students and served on the first Drug Utilization Board in the nation. He is a member of the county, state and national pharmaceutical groups.
Ed’s interest in the community has manifested itself in 4-H Club, Chamber of Commerce, Toastmasters, and Crimestoppers activities. He is a 30-year member of the Manteca Lions Club, where he is a past president and served on Lions committees, such as the Pumpkin Faire, Christmas Parade, dinners, and recognitions.
Not forgetting his own four children, Ed was involved in soccer leagues and East Union High School Band Boosters.
Few individuals can juggle a successful career with family responsibilities and still find time to devote countless hours to community service.
James H. Garvine Sr.
A native of, Pennsylvania, James Harold Garvine Sr. first arrived in Manteca in 1925 at the age of 27 to work at the Kraft Cheese plant. After work, he began coaching the firm’s softball team.
Marilyn Knight began her nursing career in 1960. working part time while her children were young. In 1965, while working as a Critical Care Nurse, she attained her National Critical Care Certification (CCRN). The next 30 years she served as the Critical Care Director for Doctors Hospital in Manteca, where she was instrumental in the designing, staffing, and opening of the new ICU/CCE, ER, and Telemetry units. With all the demands of her position, Marilyn still found time to volunteer her services to the families of terminally ill patients.
Richard R. Richina began teaching at Manteca High School in the fall of 1953. As a new instructor in the Agriculture Department he had many fresh ideas. In his first year of teaching his Milk Judging Teams won the State Milking Judging Team Contest with teams placing 1st and 2nd. His 1st place team went on to compete in the National Milk Judging Team Contest in Iowa. He also coached other judging teams including meat, vegetables, parliamentary procedure, and livestock judging in beef, sheep, swine and dairy.
Ronald L. Cheek
Ronald Leo Cheek came to Manteca in August of 1975 when he accepted an appointment as the City''s Director of Public Works. He has been a resident of Manteca ever since. Ron was born in Exeter, California. He attended California State University, Fresno where he received a BSCE degree. Ron is a registered engineer and certified planner, and for the past 21 years has owned and operated RLC Associates, a real estate and development consulting firm. As a truly locally owned and operated company, its owners and employees live within the City limits and have a genuinely vested interest in the quality of life in our community.
Ronald N. Howe
Ronald N. Howe has been a member of the Manteca community since before he was born. He is a descendent of the Overshiner Pioneer Family, which was one of the first families coming to California in the 1850''s. J.J. Overshiner built the first store building in Manteca in 1901.