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Texas Agriculture Memorial Day honors lives and sacrifices of farmers and ranchers


On Monday, November 19, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture hosted the 3rd Annual Texas Agriculture Memorial Day at the State Capitol in Austin. Texas Agriculture Memorial Day is a day to remember the lives and honor the sacrifices of Texas farmers and ranchers whose dedication to agriculture contributes so much to our heritage and our economy.

The event, in the Capitol Extension Auditorium, will recognize men and women who have lost their lives or have been severely injured while engaged in agricultural-related pursuits, and those who passed away due to other causes but had an significant role in the agricultural community.

A memorial wreath will be delivered to the steps of the Texas Capitol by state 4-H and FFA youth leaders. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will provide an honor guard to accompany the wreath as well as a lone bagpiper. Commissioner Sid Miller will accept the wreath on behalf of the families and deliver it to the event.

Texas Agriculture Memorial Day was organized by John Paul Dineen, III who lost his son to an agriculture-related accident. All listed events are open to the public.

Among the individuals being recognized is a young man who was tragically electrocuted one day shy of his 21st birthday. There are six who will be honored for their loss of life in an agriculture-related accident, two who were severely injured, and eight that dedicated their life to agriculture and have passed away.

Memorial:

Jimmy Lee Davis
Fredrick (Fritz) Mueller
Jacob Darren Biar
Wayne Reynolds
William Lloyd Hill
Edward Charles Zoch

Honor:

James Allen Bishop
Pedro (Pete) Trevino Jr.

Life of Service:

Mary Cain
George W. (Tee) Knox
Larry Butler
James Pace
James Harry & Fannie Hitt
Bobby Ray Jackson
J. O. Williams
John F. Davis

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