Mr. Sugarek was born on January 23, 1943, in Beeville, Texas, to James Randolph and Ruby Wood Sugarek. After graduating from A.C. Jones High School in 1960, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Range Animal Science and Geology in 1967 from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. He then completed his Master of Art degree in Range Animal Science in 1969, also at Sul Ross. From 1973-1974, he completed post-graduate studies in Range Management at Texas A&M University.
Mr. Sugarek married Betty Jean Hoot of Corpus Christi, Texas, on January 1, 1967, at the First Presbyterian Church of Beeville, Texas. They spent the early years of their marriage in Alpine, Texas, while he completed his education and worked on the Catto-Gage Ranch.
Mr. Sugarek honorably served his country in the United States Army from 1969-1971 as a Veterinarian Specialist at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He then returned home to Beeville and began his career in farming and ranching. Mr. Sugarek was a fourth generation Texas farmer who owned and operated Sugarek Farms, which was a row crop and beef production operation for over 25 years. Currently it is a ranching enterprise specializing in commercial meat goat production with an integrated native wildlife management program that utilizes range and water conservation practices.
For the past twenty years, Mr. Sugarek was employed by Texas Farm Bureau as a Senior Field Representative assisting the members of 13 county Farm Bureaus. In this role, Mr. Sugarek promoted and protected production agriculture and the rural way of life. He was an advocate for agricultural education across Texas school districts, teaching children the importance of farming in our communities. He also lobbied with our elected leaders to ensure the voice of agriculture was heard throughout our state and local governments. He devoted his life to the importance of agriculture and sustaining it for future generations.
Mr. Sugarek was a community leader serving on the Beeville ISD Board of Trustees, past president of the Academic Booster Club, founder of the Renaissance Club at A. C. Jones High School, Bee County Cooperative Association Board member, Children’s Discovery Museum of Victoria Board member, South Texas Cotton and Grain Association Board member, and a Bee County Farm Bureau member and Board Director. Most recently, he was the President of the Sul Ross State University Alumni Association and previously served for 10 years on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Mr. Sugarek was a member of the Providence Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Beeville where he served as an elder.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Betty Sugarek of Beeville; four daughters and sons-in-law, Sally and Chuck Hodon of Victoria, Shona and Matt Preston of Abilene, Shala and Lloyd Sturgeon of Harker Heights, and Sarah and Randy Baker of Harker Heights; seven grandchildren, Claire Jane Preston, Laura Nicole Preston, Kaitlyn Marie Hodon, Luke Matthew Preston, Justin Parker Hodon, Ella Claire Sturgeon, and William Rowdy Baker; one sister and brother-in-law, Avis and Earl Wall of Star; and one niece, Emily Hogan and husband Aaron of College Station.
He is preceded in death by his parents, James Randolph and Ruby Wood Sugarek.
A funeral service was held at First Baptist Church in Beeville, on Monday, August 18, 2014, at 2:00 pm with the Rev. George Lacy officiating. Burial was at the Glenwood Cemetery in Beeville, Texas, with full military honors.
Pallbearers included Chuck Hodon, Matt Preston, Lloyd Sturgeon, Randy Baker, Earl Wall, Mark Dragon, Cary McCown, Gary Hitzfeld, and Paul Scotten.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in contribution to Sul Ross State University East Highway 90 Alpine, Texas 79832.