Simon chosen ‘Man of Year’ in agriculture

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Haskell Simon, center, shows off his man of the year award with Matagorda County Extension Agent Brent Bachelor, right, and Cary Sims, 2014-2015 Texas County Agricultural Agents Association president.

   Bay City’s Haskell Simon was honored with the District 11 Man of The Year in Agriculture Award by the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association at its recent annual meeting.  
   Simon is a lifelong resident of Matagorda County, but his influence goes far beyond his home county.  
   Simon started his agriculture career early, working at the family cotton gin where his goal was to work his way up to the job of running the suction pipe that pulled the cotton out of the trailers and send it to the gin stands.  
   He never made it because his father put him to work on the farm instead.  
   Simon always has been a community-minded leader.  
   He was president of his Bay City High School senior class and went on to earn a mechanical engineering degree from Texas A&M University in 1953.  
   While at A&M, Simon was in the Corps of Cadets’ Texas Aggie Band.  
   Simon served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery active duty and reserves from 1953-1960, attaining the rank of captain. 
   After his service, Simon returned home to start his agriculture business as a farmer and rancher.  
   He farmed rice and ran feeder cattle for many years.  
   Simon continued his role as a leader on his home turf by serving on many boards, including the Matagorda County Hospital District, Bay City Community Education Advisory Council, the Matagorda County Appraisal District, president of the 100 Club, and others. 
   Simon’s biggest impact for the region and the state has been on the issue of water.  
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