Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 8, 2016

Joel Mendenhall Memorial Highway


Many of you know the Mendenhall family.  We were privileged to attend the dedication ceremony naming a part of Highway 76, honoring of Joel Menhenhall.

Here is a story from the Union Tribune and a nice photo of Joel:

See below the press release from Marie Waldron, our California State Assemblywoman, 75th District:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            CONTACT: Andrea Gutierrez

September 6, 2016                                                                                                     (916) 319-2075

Assemblywoman Marie Waldron Dedicates Joel Mendenhall Memorial Highway

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, dedicated the East Grade segment of state Route 76 in North San Diego County today at a roadside ceremony to honor the late local Palomar Mountain rancher Joel Mendenhall.

“It is an honor to pay tribute to an extraordinary young man who represented the true spirit of a California rancher who raised wholesome and safe food for his local community, said Assemblywoman Waldron. “Joel worked hard, always did what is right and provided the highest level of care to his animals and the land. He was friendly, dependable, and most importantly, a devoted family man, who is greatly missed.”

Last year, Waldron’s Assembly resolution named part of State Highway Route 76 in San Diego after Mendenhall. Recently, Caltrans installed signs memorializing the stretch of highway. No state money was used for the signs.

Mr. Mendenhall was just 30-years-old in 2013 when he tragically passed away in an equipment accident. He was a successful California rancher and owner of Homegrown Cattle Company in Palomar, where he raised natural beef for cattle marketed to supermarkets, like Whole Foods Markets, throughout San Diego County and Southern California.

“This memorial highway will forever honor the life of Joel Mendenhall, who was a hard-working rancher and a treasured part of this community,” said Assemblywoman Waldron.

Joining Waldron for the sign dedication were numerous family and friends including Joel’s wife Jenna and children along with his parents Frank and Janice Mendenhall.

Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Rainbow, San Marcos, Santa Ysabel, Temecula, Valley Center, and Vista.





  1. I didn’t know him but glad to see a person like him being honored like this.

    Sent from the desk of Rosemary Johnston


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