The Holbrook family, which included seven-year-old John, moved to rural Manteca in 1950. John went on to graduate from Manteca High School in 1961, where he was a star athlete and an honor student.
Spending four years in the Navy during the Vietnam War, he rose to the rank of Chief Boatswain Mate. College followed with John graduating from San Joaquin Delta College. During that period, he also worked for the county highway department.
John became an active member of the community, coaching youth football and baseball, being a 4-H Club leader and involved in both the French Camp and Manteca area Parent-Teacher Association councils.
As an elected member of our community, John has held two very important positions. He served seven years as a member of the Manteca Unified School District Board of Education and was chosen chairman of the group for three terms. More recently, he has been very active as a board member of the South San Joaquin Irrigation District, serving as its chairman twice in the past seven years.
John and his wife, Denise, have given firearms training scholarships for many years to law enforcement agencies in the county. This has been done with little fanfare.
John Holbrook has been, and continues to be, an important and influential leader in our community. These skills were recognized by Manteca High School in 1989 when he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.
Now is an ideal time for him to be made a part of the Manteca Hall of Fame.