Former Supervisor Howard Mankins dies at 86

May 22, 2013

Howard 2Former San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Howard Mankins died Sunday at the age of 86, a few days after he suffered a stroke. [Tribune]

Mankins served three terms as county supervisor from 1971 to 1983. He also served a term as Arroyo Grande mayor a few years later.

Recently, Mankins battled the board of supervisors to allow Excelaron to drill for oil on his family ranch in the Huasna Valley. The board denied the project in August 2012.

Mankins grew up on the family ranch about 10 miles east of Arroyo Grande and entered the Army after attending Arroyo Grande High School. He served with his twin brother Harold in Korea from 1945 to 1947.

Upon returning home, the brothers purchased Brisco’s Mill and Lumber hardware store from their uncle, and the business still remains in the family today.

Mankins is survived by his wife Aileen, his two sons, Blair and Mark, and eight grandchildren. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will hold a public service in honor of Mankins on Friday at 10 a.m. at 751 S. Traffic Way.


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Now there was a Supervisor and Mayor that you could be PROUD of! A true gentlemand and a fine person. He will be missed by all that knew him.

A true local statesman, and role model for how civic involvement *should* be.