Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hilmar G. Moore Leaves a Legacy of Service

Heroes and legacies stand tall in Texas, and Hilmar G. Moore stands along with them. A pioneer cattleman and the mayor of Richmond, Texas, for an incredible – and record-setting -- 63 consecutive years, Hilmar passed away December 4, leaving us deeply saddened, but eternally grateful.

A straight talker with a strong work ethic, contagious sense of humor and unflinching belief in serving his fellow man, Hilmar was a steward of the land. While I was fortunate to visit with Hilmar many times, just last quail season, I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with him and a few friends. We listened to many entertaining stories and caught a glimpse of a force that shaped Texas.
A cattle owner since the age of 6, Hilmar would go on to serve as Chairman of the Beef Industry Council and president of the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association. He also served on the Board of Directors of the National Cattlemen’s Association; and was a charter member of the American Quarter Horse Association. To each of these roles he not only brought his own passion and expertise, but also the lessons learned from the mentors who came before him. He loved the University of Texas football, but still found time to be friends with Aggies.

A patriot and World War II veteran, family man and champion of Texas, Hilmar G. Moore leaves behind a legacy of character, service and integrity. My thoughts and many thanks are with Hilmar and his family. Rest in peace, mayor. You will be missed.

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