Mayor Garrad Marsh
Garrad Marsh is a life-long resident of Modesto. His great-grandparents immigrated to Modesto in the early 1900's where they farmed land on what is now Coffee Road. Garrad and his wife Dallas have four grown children and five grandchildren. Two children live locally and are raising their families here, one lives and works in Boston with her husband, and the third is attending UC San Diego.
After graduating from high school during the Vietnam era, Garrad joined the US Navy and served with a top-secret clearance for almost seven years aboard nuclear submarines. Following his return to Modesto, he attended Modesto Junior College, graduating with honors. Transferring to the University of California, Berkeley, he earned his B.A. degree in Business Administration in 1978.
Garrad returned to Modesto and joined his family business, McHenry Bowl, built in 1959. There he worked through all levels of the business, until his departure in 1984 to return to UC Berkeley to work toward his Masters degree. Completing his MBA in May of 1986, Garrad negotiated a successful buy-out of McHenry Bowl. For the past twenty-four years, he has been President and General Manager of the bowl, a company that provides over fifty area jobs.
Garrad has been active in Modesto since returning from college. He co-chaired the traffic study of Forward Modesto IV. He attended and graduated from the Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Modesto Program. From 1994 through 2002, he served on the Board of Zoning Adjustment, attaining the position of chair. He was appointed to the City of Modesto Planning Commission in 2002. In 2003, he was elected to the Modesto City Council and served two - four year terms before being elected as Mayor in 2012.
Garrad is on the board of the Friends of Modesto Police Youth Services, and has served as Past President. He is a board member of the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE); Stanislaus Partners in Education; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); and Community Hospice. Garrad earned his teaching credential in Mathematics from Chapman College in 1989, and taught for a short period at Somerset Middle School. He mentored at Kirschen Elementary School, and still tutors at-risk students.