Three years after I came to the Victor Valley in 1985, I met Margaret and Gil Zank. That meeting would become fortuitous for all three of us.


Hesperia had just incorporated in 1988, and the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce was an especially dominant organization in the young city. At its heart were Margaret and Gil Zank, who worked diligently to promote local businesses.


While Gil was the "front man" who regularly walked into the business I was working for and others on Main Street, it was Margaret who performed behind-the-scenes duties. But most importantly, she was a consummate companion and partner to her husband.


Margaret Zank was a special lady who made a lasting imprint on her town. Hesperia is a better place because of her.