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Frank L. Hoyt is Mr. Tracy -- from his obituary, Tracy Press - 1974

Retired County Supervisor Frank L. Hoyt is "Mr. Tracy of 1974." He received the annual award during Saturday night's annual Chamber dinner in the Tracy Ballroom. Hoyt, who ended 12 years' service as a supervisor in 1972, received the "Mr. Tracy" plaque form Tom Matthews, last year's winner.

Characteristically, Hoyt kept his acceptance speech to a few words Saturday night."I have been proud to serve because I love this town." he said, adding, "If I have done more things than others, maybe it's because I've lived here longer." Before making the presentation, Matthews recounted the 75-year-old longtime Tracyite's contributions to the community.

Born in Kansas on July 12, 1893, Hoyt was raised in Clay Center, Nbr., before serving as an Army machine gunner during World War I in France. After the war, while stationed in Paris, he took part in the organizational meeting of the American Legion. He has continued his close ties with the Legion, serving as James McDermott Post commander, district commander, Legion youth chairman and as first life member of James McDermott Post.

Hoyt moved to Tract from Torrington, Wyo., in 1935 and served as Holly Sugar field manager for nine years until 1944. He then became vice-president and general manager of Berverdor, Inc., large Tracy area diversified farming firm, retiring in 1960.

The year he retired from agriculture he entered politics and was elected to represent the Fifth Supervisorial District on the county board of supervisors. He was re-elected in 1964 and 1968 before announcing his retirement in 1972.

Before his election as a supervisor, Hoyt served on the county planning commission. Hoyt is a past-president of the California Asparagus Growers Association and served as a director of the Tracy Chamber and as a charter member of its industrial committee. He served six years on the board of directors of Tracy Community Memorial Hospital during its formative years, and he was a member of the Citizens Committee that recommended formation of the council-manager from of government in Tracy. "Mr. Tracy of 1974" also served as a director of the Tracy Fair, is the incoming president of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Club and served on local and council boards of the Boy Scouts of America.

Hoyt and his wife, Drue, live at 241 E. Highland. They have a son, Bob F. Hoyt of Tracy, and a daughter, Mrs. Jean Podrasky of Livermore, and eight grandchildren.