2011 Grand Marshal Steve Guerrero
Steve Guerrero, a resident and member of the Woodlake community since 1945, has been selected to be the Grand Marshal of the annual Woodlake Lions Rodeo and Parade, scheduled for May 7 and 8.
Guerrero was born on June 6, 1918, in Placentia, California. Steve’s parents raised him, along with his 10 other siblings, right there in Placentia. He met his wife, Jennie, while she was still attending school, and began his early career as an agricultural foreman. At the time, Guerrero was also in charge of a trucking business that hauled produce.
Steve and his wife Jennie, moved to Woodlake in 1945, as he was running a crew for the Woodlake Packing House until 1957. Guerrero has had the opportunity to be a part of many businesses and Agriculturalists in the surrounding Woodlake area. This included managing a 65 acre ranch for Harry Davis, of Exeter, helping Bill Ferry Sr. improve his agricultural trade, and manage the Davis Brother’s Ranch in Ivanhoe. Guerrero worked for the Woodlake Hardware, Bill Diamond’s Grocery Store, various nurseries around Woodlake, then went to work for Wheeling Pacific for his last two years of employment. Guerrero officially retired in 1973 and continued his agricultural labors on his own ranch. There he was able to make a living and also help raise his grandchildren on “The Ranch” as it was affectionately called.
Steve and Jennie raised four children; Robert, Steve Jr., Irene, and Patricia right in the heart of their 20 acre ranch; located one mile south of the Rodeo Grounds. Robert moved to Visalia to start his family, and Steve Jr. remains a resident of Woodlake with his family. When the time came, they decided to divide the ranch so that their daughters’ could build houses and start their own families right there on the property.
In November 2008, A Woodlake News Roundup article revealed Guerrero’s nickname as the “World’s Greatest Neighbor.” The nickname comes from the dedicated service he was always willing to provide for his neighbors. Guerrero considers a helping hand to be an invaluable tool for any neighbor.
Grand Marshal Guerrero will rode in the Western Parade on Saturday May 7 and took part in the opening ceremonies of the Rodeo on both days, May 7 and 8. He was available to meet with his friends and neighbors during the Mothers Day activities.