Rancher Sidney Dean Dies in Local Hospital
Victoria County rancher Sidney J. Dean, former president of the Texas Farm Bureau, died early Monday in a Victoria hospital.
Mr. Dean, a 78-year-old civic leader, had lived for 38 years in this county where he operated farming and ranching interests.
Mr. Dean was elected to the presidency of the Texas Farm Bureau in 1967 and served three years as the head of the 116,000-plus member organization. During 1969, he led a 113- member tour to Scandinavia, Ireland and Scotland to encourage new markets for Texas farm products.
A believer in the free marketplace for agriculture, Dean in a 1960 inter-view at his downtown office told The Advocate, "I believe if cotton is dead, let's admit it and help the farmer raise something else."
Dean had quit raising cotton as a cash crop in his farming operation at the time. He grew grain sorghum and raised Brahman-Angus cross, Victoria and Hereford-type cattle.
As a director of the Texas Farm Bureau beginning in 1961, he served on executive committees. He became vice president in 1966, was elected president in 1967 and again in 1969, for the first time by the voting delegates.
Gov. Preston Smith appointed Dean to an interim Legislative committee studying how farms, ranches and forests should be assessed for property taxation in 1970. He was named a trustee of the Southwest Animal Health Research Foundation in 1978.
Educated at the University of Mississippi and Louisiana State University, he came to Texas in 1930 as assistant manager of the Houston Industrial Bank. He later lived in Lufkin.
The son of A.M. "French" Dean and Jessie Caroline Johnston Dean, both deceased, he was born on a cotton plantation Oct. 26, 1908, in Boyce, Louisiana.
During World War II, he served on the War Department's General Staff and on the Joint Staff in the Pacific theater of operations, rising from lieutenant to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He retired in 1968.
Mr. Dean served as an elder and on the board of deacons of First Presbyterian Church in Victoria. He was elected to the USO National Council in 1970 and served as president, vice president and director of the Victoria Rotary Club.
He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the American Association of Retired Persons, the Sheriff's Posse, the Victoria Country Club, the Texas Game Wardens Association and the Retired Officers Association.
The body will lie in state at Colonial Funeral Home until 10 a.m. Wednesday when it will be taken to First Presbyterian Church for 11 a.m. services conducted by the Rev. Bill Branch and the Rev. Don Blavier. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Jamie Ragsdale Dean of Victoria; two daughters, Sallie Dean of Vail, Colorado, and Jessie Dean of Victoria; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ena Cloutier of Campti, Louisiana, and Mrs. Doris McNeely of Colfax, Louisiana; and a brother, Albert A. Dean of Colfax, Louisiana.
Pallbearers will be John Crocker, Joe Matlock, Michael Maraggia, Stayton Flowers, Bud Wedemeier, Winston Zirjacks and Bill Waldrop.
In lieu of usual remembrances, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the First Presbyterian Church or the charity of one's choice.
• The Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, August 4, 1987
Jamie Ragsdale Dean
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