Maria Saint, Ojai Valley News correspondent
If you're familiar with Ojai, you're probably familiar with Tony Thacher's last name. It's associated with a tennis tournament, a school, a road, Ojai Pixie tangerines, the Ojai Valley Museum and a host of other things.
So it came as a surprise to many when it was announced that Thacher was among this year's recipients of the Ojai Living Treasures award, presented by the Rotary Club of Ojai and Rotary Club of Ojai West. “Tony probably should have been a Treasure a long time ago. He's so well-established in the Ojai Valley and comes from, of course, the Thacher Family,” said Al West, Thacher's Rotarian mentor for Living Treasure. “He and his wife and the entire family are so generous to the community. I think the world of Tony and what he brings to the community.”