The Syar family owners decided the Green Tree Golf Club was not feasible to operate the 27-hole golf course. The course opened in the early 1960s in Vacaville, Calif.
This was during the time I was noncommissioned officer in charge (NCOIC) of printing at Travis Air Force Base, and was asked by the late Clarence M. “Tony” Syar, a construction industry leader and rock product producer, to set up a one-man print shop and print for them on weekends. I would work for them for eight years before I was assigned to Germany.
C.M. Syar became my best friend and was like my second father. I did many personal things for him and his wife Beulah “Boots” during the 40-some years I worked for him after I retired from the military and returned to California. I was not only their printer, I did anything that needed to be done. I thought I had the best job in the world. I retired at 81 years old.
In 1986, Syar acquired the Basalt Rock Company. This acquisition increased the size of the operations and established it as the largest rock product producer in California. We had many employees all over northern California.
His grandchildren, Alisa and James, I watched grow up. His son Jim runs the company now. His wife Susan was my best friend.
(Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in California.)