FAIRFIELD — The late Wallace Brazelton, a local rancher, farmer and five-term Solano County supervisor, was honored Tuesday by today’s supervisors.
A county resolution told Brazelton’s story – how he was born Aug. 21, 1923, was a third-generation Solano County farmer raising cattle and growing apricots, peaches and prunes, served on the Board of Supervisors from 1963 through 1982 and died March 15.
“Wally did it his way – his work ethic, his common sense, his humor, his wit,” Supervisor John Vasquez said.
The board resolution said Brazelton used to launch humorous barbs called “Wally-isms” during meetings. An example: “Trying to make things work in government is like trying to sew a button on a custard pie.”
Former county Supervisor and former Assemblyman Tom Hannigan participated in the tribute.
“He was unique,” Hannigan said. “He was very clearly a defender of agriculture. So was (former Supervisor) Dick Brann. But no one was more direct than Wally.”
Hannigan recalled how a person came to the board with a proposal to get rid of abandoned vehicles in rural areas. Brazelton “went crazy” about the possibility that farmers would be forced to get rid of old tractors and other items.
“Those farmers are protected and they can do whatever they want with the land,” Hannigan said, paraphrasing Brazelton.
Brazelton sat on a board subcommittee that reviewed placement of children with emotional needs, something that took place out of the spotlight.
“I came to respect him a great deal for his insight into that kind of social service,” Hannigan said.
He recalled how Brazelton would come to county offices in the morning still dressed in his jeans and work shirt after spending time in his orchards.
“He was a wonderful man – an icon for supervisors who both worked in their interest – his being farming – and provided input into public policy,” Hannigan said.
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