Hall Of Fame Inductees
The individuals nominated should have made a significant impact or positive influence that assures the future of our industry in the lives of generations to come.
Once nominated, an individual’s biography and photo are updated on the site, and he or she is placed in the polls for voting. At the end of the year the committee takes into consideration the votes and decides which candidates are inducted.
Those with a star (*) next to their name below were either inducted posthumously or have passed away since being inducted.
- Person with integrity and passion
- Minimum 20 years in industry
- Someone who has developed or invented new technology
- Has made contributions that resulted in change
- Contributed to mankind’s needs in his field
- Provided education and encouragement with self-sacrifice
- Changed the industry
December 16, 1946 - November 26, 2011
Long-time CLCA member Jon R. Alsdorf, CLT, passed away November 26, 2011 after falling victim to a catastrophic tree-trimming accident in early July.
Jon, the founder and owner of Jon R. Alsdorf Landscape Contractor of Fresno, had a long history of service to the California Landscape Contractors Association and the Green Industry. He received the Allegiance Award, the most prestigious honor the association bestows, in 2003, and was CLCA’s 2007 Regular Member of the Year.
He joined CLCA in 1977, and has served eight terms as president of his chapter, San Joaquin Valley. In 1984, he was CLCA state President. He rejoined the Board of Directors in 2004 as Director of Education, and served through 2009. He chaired the Golden Oak Cooperative in 2005 and 2006. He co-founded the Landscape Industry Show in 1979, and has served on the LIS Committee pretty much ever since.
On his Linked In profile, Jon summarized his life as follows:
"I had a neighborhood gardening route since the age of 10 and then formalized it into an actual business with an old ‘beater’ 51 Ford pickup and a trailer when I turned 16 in 1962. Worked my business through high school and college, even keeping my route the one year I worked in the K-Mart Garden Center in 1967. Finally got drafted in 1969. Was fortunate enough to be pulled out of line while shipping out of Ft. Belvoir [Army Corps of Engineers] and was being sent to Okinawa. Was then asked if I would be interested in staying at Ft. Belvoir and taking over the grounds at Quarters One. Simple answer to that one. Wound up at Ft. McNair in Washington, D.C. When I got out of the Army in February of 1972, I drove back to California and was back in business in three days.
Simply stated I believe, ‘If there is no wind, row.’
I also emulate John J. Kelley, winner of the Boston Marathon. ‘The things we do should consume us...if they don’t, our lives won’t have any meaning.’"