Pioneer Award Recipients

Year Name Background
1999 Stu Hardy

Joe Hernandez
2000 Will Linton

Will Linton was an outstanding citizen and leader in the Rocklin community for many years. Linton was a public school teacher while also serving as the president of the Rocklin Lions Club and the area chairman, served on City Council, and was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Loomis.

2001 Steve & Judy Larsen  
2002 Hank & Connie Gayaldo  
2003 John & Carol Peterson  
2004 Marie A. Huson

Huson served the community as a financial analyst for the state of California, Rocklin City Clerk, interim City Manager, and City Councilmember. Huson was also a key leader in the formation of the Rocklin Historical Society, an advocate for oak tree preservation in Rocklin, and founder of the Rocklin “Clean Up Days” in partnership with Recology.

2005 Roger Barkhurst

Don Neal
2006 Dorothy Labudde  
2007 Long Time Volunteer Firefighters:

George Magnuson

Mitch Henski

Harlin Smith

Lee Browning

Larry Simmons

Ken Yorde



Vince Amado, posthumously

During his time as a council member and mayor, Ken Yorde helped save St. Mary’s Chapel, set up the Moon House on Rocklin Road, supported an urban forest and the oak tree preservation ordinance, and is a part of the South Placer Rotary and American Legion.

2009 Gay Morgan  
2010 Francine Yorde  
2011 Kathy Lund

Kathy Lund dedicated 30 years of service to Rocklin, serving as a Councilmember, Mayor, and member of the Parks and Recreation Commission. Her major areas of focus were planning the growth of the city, transportation, and city parks. Lund also played a key role in many Rocklin projects, from park systems to the Safe Routes to School program, as well as many others.

2012 Jerry Mitchell  
2013 Peter Hill  
2014 Jill Page  

Mark Riemer

Riemer served Rocklin as the Director of Community Services and Facilities, managing the creation and maintenance of more than 25 City parks and various City buildings. In addition, he was a long term volunteer and coach for several teams and clubs, raising money for school programs and non-profits, and currently works as a substitute teacher while also serving on many boards and committees.

2019 Jean Day Jean Day has long been one of Rocklin Historical Society’s strongest advocates, assisting with projects including constructing the Rocklin History Museum, restoring Old St. Mary’s Chapel, and developing museum archives since 2002. Day also developed the History Museum’s name index and is an expert on historical figures in Rocklin.

Michael “Buck” Clark

Buck and his wife Dawn have dedicated countless hours to improving much of downtown Rocklin, supporting the schools, and preserving the history of Rocklin. In addition to empowering countless other residents to assist in the preservation and growth of the city, as the owner of M.S. Clark Roofing, Buck’s roofs can been seen on Old St. Mary’s Chapel, the Rocklin History Museum, the Firehouse, and many of the homes in downtown Rocklin.

2021 Kathie Nippert

Kathie Nippert has contributed over 15 years of service to Rocklin, and has been especially influential within the Rocklin Friends of the Library and The Rocklin Historical Society, contributing to numerous events and programs. Kathie’s dedication to learning the city’s history and immersing herself in different organizations shows a passion for the Rocklin community and evident in everything she does.

Kathie is also a graduate of the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce’s “Leadership Rocklin” program, volunteers for the annual “Run Rocklin” event, and even read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” during Rocklin’s virtual tree lighting ceremony in 2021.

2022 Jer Jarrett

Jer Jarrett moved to Rocklin in 2002 and after several years of living here, missed the art scene she had been a part of in Los Galtos. In 2007, Jarrett met several local residents who also shared her passion for art and led the charge in creating “Art Matters” a fine arts club. This would transition to the Rocklin Fine Arts Board, which is responsible for promoting artistic appreciation throughout the city. Jarrett served seven years as lead coordinator for art exhibits at the Rocklin Library.

Jarrett and Rocklin Fine Arts created exhibits for local business openings and annual City events and established several of Rocklin’s leading art shows, including the Open Juried Show and the Student Showcase.

“Jer Jarrett’s efforts have brought fine arts to Rocklin” states Jer’s nominator. “Participants in the art meetings, art shows, workshops, activities, and exhibits are able to participate in art in many ways [thanks to Jer’s involvement]”