Harry Alonzo Van Sant, known to family and friends as Lonnie, passed away January 13, 2016 in Grass Valley one day short of his 99th birthday. He was born in Mosca, Colorado on January 14, 1917. When he was 3 years old, his family moved to Glendale, AZ. He lived there until 1939 when he moved to Casa Grande. There he farmed cotton and ran a dairy. He married Gwen in 1938.
In 1946 they bought a ranch east of Red Bluff, CA. The first day on the ranch the house burned down with most of their belongs. In the following years Lon managed a big dairy at Elk Grove and then another dairy in Dos Palos.
In 1950 they moved to Maxwell where he farmed and ranched for the next 54 years. During their years in Maxwell, he was active in youth groups such as 4-H, FFA and PTA.
Lon served on the local and county school boards for many years and was active in the Cattleman’s Association. He was president and a director of the Shorthorn Association for years and on the National Board of Directors for the Shorthorn Association. He was a delegate to three World Shorthorn Conferences. Lon built up a superior, well-known herd of registered Shorthorns. An active member of the Masonic Lodge, Lon served as Master 6 times.
During his free time Lon enjoyed fishing and traveling with his wife. They spent many summers in Montana and enjoyed winter by the Salton Sea.
He is survived by his wife, Gwen, and 3 children, Clarence of Yuba City, Arthur near Maxwell, Caroline Spurgeon and husband Curt of Yellow Jacket, Colorado, eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.