Clarence “Sonny” Brandt is first and foremost a “family man”, married for 32 years to his wife Barbara. They have five living children, thirty grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. His passion for the greater Oroville area is to promote the development and maintenance of parks, outdoor and sports activities that will be enjoyed by present and future generations.
Sonny considers himself an Oroville native, having attended Oroville schools his entire life, graduating from Oroville Union High School in 1956. He received his BS Degree in Business Administration from Sacramento State in 1964, then completed 32 units toward a master’s degree in recreation administration at Chico State. A lifetime of experience began in 1965 when he worked in administration at Merced General Hospital in Merced, moving back to Oroville in 1966 to work as Assistant Administrator for three years and then Administrator of the Feather River Parks and Recreation District for 11 years.
In 1980, he left his position with the District to become one of the owners and managing partner of Oro-West Racquet and Health Club in Oroville, managing those extensive facilities until 2004 when the business was sold. From 1996 to 2004, he also served on the Board of Directors of Feather River Parks and Recreation District. While on the board, he also served as district representative on the Joint Powers Authority, and Chairman of the Butte County Special District Advisory Board. In 2018, he volunteered to serve again on the Board of Directors of the District and was selected to fill an opening. He is enthusiastically working to extend and improve recreational opportunities, particularly hiking, biking, jogging and equestrian trails, as well as expanding the recreational use of the river running through our town.