|Ignazio A. "Ig" Vella|
|Sonoma County supervisor|
1964 – 1975
July 13, 1928|
June 9, 2011|
|Spouse(s)||Sally (Wright) Vella|
|Children||Ditty Vella, Chickie Vella, Thomas William Vella|
|Alma mater||Santa Clara University|
|Profession||cheese maker and businessman|
|Service/branch||Air Force Reserve|
Life, education, and career
He attended Sonoma Valley High School, the San Rafael Military Academy, and Air Force Officer Candidate School. In 1950, he graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University with bachelor's degree in history. His father owned Vella Cheese Company, Inc. in California and the Rogue Creamery in Oregon, which he turned over to his children. Ig took control of both companies and served as their general manager and chief executive officer. He sold Rogue Creamery in 2002.
In addition, Vella served three terms (twelve years) on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, where he represented the First District. He also served on the Sonoma City Planning Commission and as manager of the Sonoma County Fair. During the 1970s, he served as president of the Association of Bay Area Governments.
In 2006, Vella was honored by the City of Sonoma, which named the West Napa Street bridge over Sonoma Creek after him. In the same year, the American Cheese Society recognized Vella with a Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to artisan cheese.
After a prolonged illness, Vella died at his home in Sonoma, aged 83.
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- "Ignazio A. Vella". Oregon Mail Tribune. June 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
- Le Baron, Gaye; Irwin, Heather (June 14, 2011). "Services for Ig Vella announced". Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
- "Our Company". Vella Cheese Company. Archived from the original on August 11, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
- "History". Rogue Creamery. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2011.