Former Hesperia Chamber of Commerce president and Victor Valley restaurateur Ron Biscaro died Monday. He was 66 years old.


Biscaro opened five different Mexican restaurants in the Victor Valley, including Victorville's Casa Mexico and Hesperia's Los Domingos, as well as a Bob's Big Boy on Main Street in Hesperia. He served as president of the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce from 2005 to 2006.


Biscaro was born in 1945 in Buffalo, N.Y. and moved to California in 1974. He came to the restaurant business after conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, working as a manager for Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and managing a funeral home, according to Dick Freeborg, who served as vice-president for the Hesperia chamber during Biscaro's presidency.


"His life's passion was raising championship Great Danes," Freeborg said. The two men, each 6'4", were dubbed the "Twin Towers" by chamber members. "He bred Great Danes, raised them and showed them and ended up with the No. 1 Great Dane in the United States for two years."


"He was extremely dedicated to the chamber and the community," said Dawn Serbus, who served on the chamber of commerce board with Biscaro. "He gave a lot of time and took his job extremely seriously."


"Every contact I had with Ron was positive and he always spoke well of people," former Hesperia mayor Dennis Nowicki said. "He was always an integral part of the community through the chamber and also because he liked to get involved."


Biscaro died at St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley following a heart attack.


There will not be a funeral service for Biscaro, but there will be a memorial service sometime later this year.


"He was a great chamber president," Hesperia City Manager Mike Podegracz said. "As a new city manager, he made my transition a lot easier. ... He will be missed."


Beau Yarbrough may be reached at (760) 956-7108 or at beau@HesperiaStar.com.