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                                                RICHARD STOLTZ

After graduating from Arvin High, I attended Bakersfield College for three semesters. During the second semester, some of my friends left me alone at the lunch table with a young lady. Her name was Linda Frazier. She was a member of the AHS class of 1959. We dated and during the fall semester of 1961 I asked her to marry me. She said yes.

In January of 1962 I transferred to UC Davis. I stayed there and graduated with a BS degree in January of 1965. During my time there, Linda and I got married. This was at the Arvin Union Congregational Church. The date was August 10, 1963.

After graduating from Davis, we moved to Glendale, California. I was working for the California Department of Water Resources in downtown LA. On August 24, 1967, our daughter Susan was born. She was born in Kaiser Hospital in Panorama City. This was also the day that Mr. Kaiser died. 

Being disgusted with not being in agriculture, I took a job with a soil fumigation company and moved to Orange County. While there, my son Rod was born. Later we moved to Norco, California.  In June of 1985, we moved to Clovis, CA. My daughter attended Fresno State. My son was active in marching band and traveled to Hawaii, Florida, and other places with the band.

Susan came home with the school catalogue and I saw that the Ag dept at Fresno State had a masters program. I enrolled and earned a MS degree in August of 1996.

It was at Fresno State that Susan met her current husband. They have blessed us with six grandchildren

Linda went to work for the IRS and retired from there in 2005. I continued working in the agricultural chemical industry until 2003 then spent three years with the Agricultural Commissioner of Fresno County. I retired from there in March of 2008.

In the fall of 2007, Linda was diagnosed with lung cancer. We battled this during the winter and early spring. She went home to the Lord on April 22, 2008. We were married for 44.5 wonderful years. She was able to see five of her grandchildren but was not here for the birth of the sixth. She also missed my son’s wedding although she did know that he was going to be married.

Currently I teach a class every semester at Fresno State, work two days per week for Fresno County during the spring, summer and fall, and have a business where I test spray patterns on crop dusters.

I have also been active in my church for many years and served in leadership roles for a time. I have also been active with my grandkids. I take the younger ones to the zoo, go fishing with one, and have the two older ones come to the house to work once in awhile. They all keep me busy attending various school awards and sports activities and my oldest granddaughter has a wonderful singing voice. There names are Susanna, Erick, Ethan, Evan, Nathaniel, and SaraBeth. They range in age from 14 years to 10 months. In that order. They all live in Clovis. My son and his wife and her son and daughter live in Martinez, CA.

During the winter of 2009, I met a lady who was attending my church but only knew by site. She invited me to dinner at a friend’s house on Valentine’s Day. The rest, they say, is history. We were married in July of 2009. Her name is Patty. The neat thing is that she attended the church where my family attended so she knew my daughter and grandkids. She had worked with the kids in youth programs and in the nursery.