Anza Gas Service was started by Richard (Dick) Ellington in 1962. Don Ellington
had just graduated from high school and his dad asked him to come to Anza and help
him start a propane business. That was the start. Dick had $1.50 in his pocket.
He knew a guy that drove a propane tanker in Fresno and tried to locate him to no
avail. He went to Modesto and ran into the guy. He asked him if he would back him
in a propane business. With only a hand shake the guy said yes. Two years later
(due to bad health) the guy wanted out. Dick bought him out and it has been family
owned and operated ever since. Don and Pat’s son Brian graduated in 1984 and started
working for them shortly afterwards. Dick passed away in 1992. In 2008 Don and Pat’s
son Ty joined them. They hope someday to have a grandchild or two to join them also.