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Leo Omlin entering Manteca Hall of Fame
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The committee that is staging next Saturdays Manteca Hall of Fame dinner and installation awards finalized their plans during a luncheon meeting at Casino Real. - photo by HIME ROMERO

FAST FACTS

• WHAT: Manteca Hall of Fame dinner & induction
• WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner
• WHERE: Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane
• TICKETS: $40
• MORE INFO: Contact the Boys & Girls Club at 239-KIDS

Lee Omlin – a man who has lived his entire 73 years on the same farm - is being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame.

The dinner and induction ceremonies for the Hall of Fame take place Saturday, May 14, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tickets are $40 apiece and available at the Manteca Boys & Girls Club, 545 Alameda St., or by calling 239-KIDS.

Other members of the Class of 2011 are Jack Kelley, at-large; Donald Widmer, athletics; Jessie Marinas, art; Don I. Asher, government; Margo Young, health care; Bill Jones, education; Kathryn Aartman-Weed, community service; and Norm Knodt, business.

Omlin is being inducted for agriculture.

The self-employed rancher is a 1953 graduate of the original Veritas Elementary School and a 1956 Manteca High graduate

The son of Swiss parents, he took over the family’s 40-acre dairy following the passing of his father and his older brother’s decision to move out of state. He added land and converted the dairy into the 70-acre Texas Longhorn Ranch that is on South Union Road today.

He has shown Texas Longhorn at the Amador County Fair, the California State Fair and various Texas Longhorn shows for decades. He’s garnered a number of awards including five California State Fair Herdsmen Awards and two state fair Premier Breeder awards.

He is a charter member of the California Association of Texas Longhorns that he helped found in 1981. He served as the organization’s president in 1992. He has also judged a number of shows for the Northwest Texas Longhorn Association in Spokane, Wash., and Eugene, Ore.

He donates time to the Nile Garden 4H by hauling members’ animals to the fair and donating space on his ranch for 4H members to keep their animals at no charge.

He also take his animals to Ag Days at various elementary schools, has hosted the Manteca Ag Tour and is always willing to greet people who drive by to take photos of the longhorns by answering their questions.

Omlin’s devotion to Texas Longhorns is matched only by his commitment to his community and neighbors.

During the 1997 floods, he volunteered around the clock for several days to move neighbors’ livestock to dry ground even as his own ranch flooded. He was a Manteca Lathrop reserve firefighter for 15 years, has donated 17 gallons of blood to the Delta Blood Bank, and has served as an usher at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church for 13 years.