He's being honored for "“his unwavering support and dedication to the Westside"

Bob Hampton, owner of Westside Waste Management Co., Inc., has been selected as Grand Marshal of the 2018 Taft Christmas Parade.
The Board of Directors of the Taft District Chamber of Commerce, sponsors of the Christmas Parade, unanimously chose Hampton, for “his unwavering support and dedication to the Westside,” said Board President Jordan Miller. “We are happy to honor Bob for his generosity in this very public way.”

Hampton will ride in the vanguard of the annual parade on Dec. 3.

"The Chamber is proud to honor Mr. Bob Hampton for all he does in our community with this appointment as Grand Marshal of the Christmas Parade," added Chamber Executive Director Kathy Orrin.

Born in San Bernardino, California, Bob came to Taft at the age of 10, entering Taft schools in the fifth grade. He continued his education in Taft until the end of his freshman year at Taft College, when he transferred to University of Southern California and a successful run as a student athlete in basketball. The summer following his senior year at USC was marked by success in the movies. In 1960, Walt Disney’s The Absent-Minded Professor, was filmed using USC basketball players as extras. Although Bob was in the movie, he did not become distracted from his goal to teach and to coach, and he did so for nineteen years in Coalinga, at West Hills Community College.
Since Bob had received a Master’s Degree, he was the logical choice of two of his friends to explore the possibility of a portable toilet business. Bob chuckles that he made a lateral move from education to portable toilets when he began this new venture. By May 1, 1983, Bob had purchased Westside Garbage Disposal from Bud and Eileen Wilson, and had become the proud owner of Westside Waste Management Co., Inc. here in Taft. This successful company celebrated 35 years of service to the Westside this past May. On November 2, of this year, Bob revived Gorilla Demolition, now an LLC, and will be serving the demolition needs of our community in that capacity.
Always busy, Bob has made the Taft Rotary Club part of his life, serving as their Foundation Chair for many years. He also serves the Taft College Foundation as their President, and he serves of the Kern County Assessment Appeals Board. Bob also was recently appointed to the Healthcare Foundation for Kern and Santa Barbara Counties.
The parade begins promptly at 6 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 3. The Chamber is actively seeking parade participants. Please get your parade entry forms at the Chamber, 400 Kern Street, in Taft. The deadline to sign up for the parade is Tuesday, November 27, at 2 p.m