Nick DeGroot was a naturalized citizen but was very proud of The United States of America. He was actively involved in this community and St. Anthony’s Parish. He could always be counted on to contribute too many events both monetarily and physically. As a member of the Rotary Club, Mr. DeGroot was involved with a number of projects, but he was very proud of his work with “Flags Across America’.
Mr. DeGroot sponsored many youth athletic teams from Manteca, Lathrop and French Camp. Nick supported the East Union High School and St. Anthony’s School athletic programs. Nick could always be counted upon to assist where help was needed.
Mr. Nick DeGroot was a shining star in many areas but his brightest achievement had to do with his work as an elected official. He was elected to the South San Joaquin Irrigation District. He served for twenty-three years including a term as president. In this capacity he worked with other board members to insure that the District completed their task to provide water not only for irrigation, but also for drinking water to several communities including Manteca. To honor Mr. Nick DeGroot, the South County Surface Water Treatment Plant was dedicated and renamed in is honor by the South San Joaquin Irrigation District. The Nick C. DeGroot Water Treatment Plant is a true testament to his dedication to see a goal achieved.
Mr. Nick C. DeGroot was a man dedicated to making things better for his family and the people he served as an elected official and as a friend to many.
All of the above were accomplished as Nick farmed 40 acres of almonds and was involved in other farming activities. He was a renaissance man who loved to farm.