Clarence Minetti, a Cayucos native who became a rancher, philanthropist and founder of the Far Western Tavern in Guadalupe, died Monday from complications after a car crash that occurred last Friday. He was 93.
“Our sorrow today is tempered by the joy of the exemplary life he lived,” the Minetti family said in a statement issued Tuesday. “His legacy of humility, hospitality, cowboy ethics and service to others is an inspiration to all.”
Minetti was born in Cayucos on Feb. 8, 1918, and moved to Guadalupe with his parents in 1925, graduating from Santa Maria High School 10 years later.
He married Rosalie Maretti in 1940, learned the cattle business from her father, the owner of Corralitos Ranch in Guadalupe, and became responsible for leading the family ranching operation after his father-in-law, Charles Maretti, died.
Minetti founded the Far Western in 1958 and helped it become one of the top steakhouses on the Central Coast.
Minetti served as arena director and chairman of the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo and was a board member of the Guadalupe Joint Union School district. In 1975, he was named the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce’s citizen of the year.
He was honored as the Santa Barbara County livestock man of the year in 1985 and as honorary vaquero of Old Spanish Days Fiesta in Santa Barbara in 1988. Since 1959, had been an honorary member of Los Rancheros Visitadores.
Services are pending.
— Cynthia Lambert
Smoke may be seen periodically through May 15 as State Parks maintenance crews burn dead, downed and diseased plants and trees in the Washburn Campground area of Hearst San Simeon State Park, just southeast of the intersection of San Simeon Creek Road and Highway 1.
The vegetation management program helps protect structures, people and the forest, according to officials, by decreasing the potential for wildfires, enhancing the health of the native plants in the area, encouraging increased species composition and aiding in the control of pitch canker fungal disease in Monterey pines.
The parks agency is doing the work in conjunction with County/Cal Fire, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority and the Air Pollution Control District.
For details, call 471-2049.
— Kathe Tanner
The master planning process for the California Coastal Trail through the county’s North Coast kicks off with a public meeting today.
The California Coastal Trail is a network of public trails for walkers, bikers, equestrians, wheelchair riders and others along the state’s 1,200-mile coastline.
In this county, major segments of the trail are already in place, including on the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and along the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk and Leffingwell Landing in Cambria; on Morro Beach; and along a 9-mile stretch of shoreline in Pismo Beach, Grover Beach and Oceano.
People should plan to attend the meeting and speak up “if you want to be involved, want to add anything” to the plan or join the conversation about where the trail will go, according to Muril Clift, president of the Cambria Community Services District board.
For details about the meeting and trail plans, call the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments at 788-2104, or go to http://bit.ly/gelVaJ.
The first of several planned public sessions on the North Coast begins at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Cambria Grammar School, 3223 Main St.
— Kathe Tanner