1995 Inductee - George John Mosqueda, Sr.


1995 Inductee - George John Mosqueda, Sr.

Posthumous, Community Service

George was born in the islands, west of Stockton. During his younger days, he had worked the fields, but that did not keep him from getting his education. He graduated from Edison High School in 1944, and went on to attend Delta College for three years.

For most of his life, he lived in the Southside, and knew what discrimination was but did not let it deter him from his goals. In 1963, he bought a house and a business which he called, “Skeeter’s Automatic Transmissions”. During this time, he achieved quite a few goals. He was a charter member of the Confederation of Mexican American Organizations and helped organize the Mexican American Chamber of Commerce throughout the State of California with member cities in Sacramento, Merced, Delano, San Jose, Yuba City, Marysville, and the Tri-Cities of Fremont, Newark and Union City.

George was Vice-President of Business Commerce of Commerce for the State of California, was chairman of the Small Business Board of the State of California and on the advisory board, under then Governor Brown and David Roberti.

From 1976 to 1982, George served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the proposed Azteca National Bank, and was on the board of the Community Bank called Big Valley. He was also on the Advisory Board of the Woodruff Regional Occupational Center from 1977-1978. In 1979, he helped organize the Independent Trucker’s Association. From 1962-1982, he was active in voter registration and the fight against discrimination of any kind throughout the State of California. He chaired the Mario Obledo campaign for governor committee and was a personal advisor to numerous political people in Stockton.

He served as member and president of the Latin American Club and the Independent Garage Owners Association. In accomplishing all of his goals, Geoege would never be without his wife Mary by his side. She accompanied him to all the functions he attended.

The day he died, he was helping a friend try to get compensation from her husband’s death. One could say that George actually died doing what he liked doing best, and that is, helping other people.