FRESNO, Calif. – As the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end.”
In May of 2018, Winton’s Vista Pharmacy closed. It was a family-run business for 86 years.
“I’m the second generation and my son, Michael, who was with us for 25 years, was third-generation, says Jim Winton. “And we made a decision it was time to move on.”
Winton’s Vista Pharmacy first opened in 1932, at this location: 4233 East Tulare Street, across from Roosevelt High School.
“And we did an excellent job,” smiles Winton. “We had 27 or 28 employees, we delivered prescriptions all over Fresno.”
And talked Bulldog football all over Fresno.
“We really made it exciting. Our group was the first tailgate group Fresno State ever had at Ratcliffe Stadium,” he said. “They thought we were crazy. I think it was 1959, I got season tickets with Tom Robinson and Ed Polterock and we sat in Ratcliffe Stadium up in the back. And that’s where it really started. In all these 50 years or so, I’ve had season tickets every year. I’m an absolute die-hard fan. I love Fresno State football.”
So much so that Jim Winton joined the Bulldog Foundation in the early 1970’s. In 2001, the foundation recognized him with its annual lifetime achievement award.
“I literally love the sport,” says Winton. “I love the camaraderie, I love the enthusiasm with the guys and the boosters and all the things that we did. I don’t know how you explain it.”