Lodi’s Thom Sanchez goes from picking crops to the Mexican-American Hall of Fame
Thom Sanchez, with toy Waste Management vehicles in the background on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, was one of the honorees to earn a Mexcian-American of the Year award for San Joaquin County. Sanchez lives in Acampo.
- Thom Sanchez at a glance
Born: 1950 in Tracy.
Education: Lodi High Class of 1968; San Joaquin Delta College; San Francisco State University with bachelor’s degree in recreation administration; graduate school at San Jose State University and University of the Pacific.
Career: Volunteer assistant coach at Tokay High in 1972; drug abase counselor for the Mission Rebels in San Francisco; executive director of the Boys City Boys Club of Santa Clara County; business development director at Waste Management in Lodi.
Community activities: Coaches competitive, recreation and high school-level soccer; Lodi Chamber of Commerce board; former president and lieutenant governor for Kiwanis International; member of Lodi Mexican-American Lions Club.
— Source: Thom Sanchez
- Inductees to San Joaquin County Mexican-American Hall of Fame
Thomas Sanchez, Acampo, community service
Rosa Castellanos, Stockton, health and science
Manuel Lopez, Ripon, business
Elena Diaz Molina, Stockton, education
Arturo E. Ocampo, Stockton, law and justice
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2012 8:07 pm
Thom Sanchez grew up picking grapes, walnuts and all sorts of other crops, but he didn’t make it a career.
The Acampo resident played football at Lodi High, San Joaquin Delta College and San Francisco State University. Later he became a partner at Waste Management in Lodi with Dave Vacarezza.
Sunday, December 2, 2012 8:07 pm.