2000 Inductee - George Lozano


2000 Inductee - George Lozano

Labor & Community Service

Former President Jimmy Carter has earned world wide respect for his work with Habitat for Humanity. George Lozano deserves the same respect for doing the same volunteer work. “George is one of the most generous people I have ever met! He volunteers his time and expertise wherever and whenever needed,” Lela Nelson said.

His volunteer efforts have taken place in different locations for many different organizations. He organized volunteer plumbers in the construction of the St. Mary’s Shelter. He volunteered his plumbing services in a Habitat for Humanities house on South San Joaquin street. The Emergency Food Bank on Scotts avenue has him to thank for its plumbing, and when the science labs at St. Mary’s High School needed the plumbing redone, George was there to do it!

St. George’s School on Fifth street had to have its bathrooms remodeled. George did all the plumbing. The former Boys and Girls Club on San Joaquin street had terrible gym floors. Who refinished, varnished and painted them? Once again, George was there to help.

George has three unique qualifications that enable him to do so much. He is a journeyman plumber, has 24 years of experience, and has been president of the local plumbers and Steamfitters union since 1989.

Youth athletics has also been an area for George to lend his expertise. He coached the Southside Edison Vikings in Pop Warner Football. He has coached girls’ soccer for the Stockton Youth Soccer League. He has also coached girls’ softball teams for Port City West and the Stockton Girls’ Softball League.

Basketball and football are other sports George has coached. He has coached both girls and boys basketball teams in the Catholic Youth Organization for St. George’s Athletic Association. He’s also been its athletic director. Ha has been St. Mary’s High School’s frosh football coach. George has participated in organizing Kid’s Fishing Day at Oak Gove Regional Park with the Stockton Angler’s Club.

George’s interest in helping young people may be why he has been an apprenticeship instructor since 1991 and a member of the Apprenticeship Committee since 1980. He is now the chairman of that committee.

If Hall of Fame inductees are supposed to inspire others, then George has surely done that. “What a fantastic role model for young people….do your job as best as you can and share with your community”, said Lela Nelson with admiration.