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 Vestal Camp Askew

Vestal Camp Askew

Death 19 Mar 2006 (aged 88)
Burial Sonora, Sutton County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 88029583 · View Source
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Obituary - Vestal Camp Askew

During Vestal Camp Askew's tenure as executive secretary of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers' Association in the 1940s, the nation was at war, and the industry supplied the military with wool for uniforms and blankets, said Sandy Whittley of San Angelo.

Askew – a Sutton County (Texas) rancher, and industry and community leader – died Sunday, March 19. He was 88.

Whittley, the association's current executive secretary, said Askew told her that while serving the organization, he spent a lot of time dealing with the War Production Board concerning what would be rationed, what would be needed for uniforms and getting wool and mohair declared strategic war materials.

Vestel graduated from Del Rio High School and then went on to Texas Technological College. While at Tech, he was proud to be one of the originators of the Saddle Tramp spirit organization. After his graduation, he went on to Texas A&M, where he received his master's degree. He wanted to study sheep and wool in graduate school, and A&M designed a program for him that was the beginning of the sheep program there. He was employed by Colorado State University to teach and set up a sheep and wool science program. Later, he became a lamb buyer for Armour and Co., and he was a renowned lamb judge for shows all over Texas.

Vestel served as executive secretary of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers' Association and later as president of that organization; vice president of Sonora Wool and Mohair; director of the Edwards Plateau Soil and Water Conservation District; director of Sonora Stock Pens; director of the National Wool Growers Association; and was a member of numerous civic organizations. He ranched in Val Verde, Edwards and Sutton counties for more than 50 years. He was awarded the Fred Earwood Award from the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers', their most prestigious award, and received the Conservation Rancher of the Year Award from the Edwards Plateau Soil and Water Conservation District.

Vestel married Allie Halbert McBride on Jan. 19, 1959, and they celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary before her death in 2004.

He is survived by a son, Guy Wyatt Askew of Von Ormy, Texas; stepsons Robert McBride and wife Frances of Stephenville, Texas, and Patrick McBride of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; stepdaughter Linda Fisher and husband Glen of Sonora, Texas; grandchildren Clifford McBride, Tammy Fisher, David Fisher and Melissa Hennigan; great-granddaughter Madalyn Fisher; and nieces Pat Grey, Mike Molder and Randee Fawcett.

Reprinted in part from the San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times.
(Sheep Industry News, May 2006, Volume 10, Issue 5)

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