On January 3, 2011, Santa Maria lost a dedicated and beloved businessman & community leader.
Harrell Fletcher spent a lifetime dedicated to community service as a leader in business, civic matters and politics. With over 60 years of community leadership, he has left a lasting influence on almost every sector of public service in the Santa Maria Valley. He was the longest serving member of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, having been a member since 1946.
In 1945, “Fletcher’s Home Appliances” opened in Santa Maria, and from the beginning of his career as an entrepreneur, he understood the importance of civic duty. As long ago as 1963, an article in the Santa Maria times highlighted him as a successful community leader and president of the Retail Merchants Association. By then, he was also Chairman of the Fair Board and served with other important community groups and organizations.
Fletcher was elected as the 5th District Supervisor to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors in 1975. He was reelected, and remained a Supervisor until 1983.
He continued to serve on a long list of boards, commissions, and committees that mirror a lifetime of civic duty and community involvement.
Among his many recognitions and civic awards:
– 2001 Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year.
– 2002 Santa Maria Elks Citizen of the Year
– Dedication of Fletcher Park by the City of Santa Maria in 2004.
– Lifetime Achievement Award from COLAB in April of 2007.
Harrell Fletcher’s pace of involvement in community service, business, and in local politics remains unmatched, and he will leave a lasting mark on the Santa Maria Valley and Santa Barbara County.