Frank L. Hoyt is Mr.
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.
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
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
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
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