Beatrice (Bee) Meyer (1911-2007) & Frank Meyer (1912-1979)
Bee: Regular Division 1990 ~ Frank: Early Residents Division 2009
Frank and Bee Mayer came to Vista from Portland, Oregon in the summer of 1964, upon his retirement. Frank had been a deputy US Marshal for 23 years and was a past president of the US Marshals Association for the 9th Region.
In Vista, he became interested in civic matters. He helped organize Vista Drug Education Week and became a member of the drug abuse subcommittee of the Comprehensive Health Planning Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties. He was appointed to a five-man drug abuse advisory commission by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and became vice chairman of the advisory committee in 1968.
He helped establish Lifeline in Vista and organize that the Vista Coordinating Council, of what he was chairman from 1969 to 1971; was a patron of the Hispano Club; secretary an active member of the Elks Lodge No. 1968 of Vista; member of the American Legion Post #365; and the Vista Masonic Lodge No. 687.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was named Kiwanian of the Year of the 37th Division for 1970-71. He was named Citizen of the Year by the Vista Chamber Commerce in 1970. In 1971, he was vice chairman of the Vista Citizens Committee on Youth Problems and was active in a campaign against drug abuse. In 1973-74 he was president of the Vista Kiwanis; he was also director of the Vista Boys’ Club and just prior to his death in 1979, was install this president of their board. He had also been a member of the Area Council for Vista Boys’ Club, a member of the Executive Board of the American Red Cross, Vista division, honorary chairman of the Bicentennial Committee, and vice president of the North County Retired Police Officers Association.
Frank was elected to the Vista City Council in 1972 and was Mayor from 1973 to 1976. He was on the Mayor’s Select Committee and was vice president of the California League of Cities, San Diego Division, director of the San Diego Office of Emergency Services, vice president of the Office of Economic Development Planning Committee, chairman of the Vista Sanitation District, and on the board of directors of the Comprehensive Planning Organization. He was instrumental in establishing the Senior Citizen Nutrition Center and brought assistance to it at a time when funds were completely depleted. Emergency contact to County Supervisors brought funds to resume the service to the city.
Meyer organized a Santa Claus campaign and posed as St. Nicholas himself for several years, visiting the North County Association for the Retarded, schools and various organizations including being Santa for Vista’s Christmas parade in 1976.
One of the first organization Bee joined after arriving was the Women's Business and Professional Club. She served on the Board of Directors for many clubs, including the Vista Historical Society, the Boys and Country Friends. Bee was known countywide for her presence at social functions she covered during her career as a society colonist, (The Bee Line.)
Frank and Bee were married for 44 years.