Livestock show remembers 3 supporters
Feb. 23, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 8:23 p.m.
The Victoria Livestock Show is remembering three longtime supporters of the show who died in the past year.
They are Diana Keeran Koontz Massey, her grandson, CJ Strnadel IV, and David Thomas Scott.
Diana Keeran Koontz Massey
Dec. 13, 1930-Nov. 6, 2012
Massey's life serves as a shining example for the rest of us.
As a devoted wife and mother, Massey, 82, lived out in word and deed the focus of the 4-H organization to "Engage youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development."
Massey is survived by her sister, Emily Dial, of San Antonio; her children, Robert Massey (Maddeline); Sherrice Judd (Russell); Carolyn Strnadel (CJ III); Clay Massey (Melinda); Diann Marlow (Dave); Mary Ann Tucker (David); 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert L. Massey; sister, Carolyn Koontz; brother, Henry Clay Koontz; and grandson, CJ Strnadel IV.
Massey spent countless hours taking her children to and from 4-H meetings and events. She wasn't content to simply drop them off and leave somebody else to supervise the Wood Hi 4-Hers. Massey served as a leader for the Wood Hi 4-H organization for many years, teaching the lost arts of the home - sewing and cooking.
All of her children were involved in raising and showing animals for area livestock shows and went on to serve as superintendents for various livestock show divisions.
Massey served her church as well as a CCD teacher and Eucharist minister to the sick.
Massey demonstrated the value in serving her fellow man. Her service didn't stop there. Massey was a member of the Legion of Mary, Catholic Daughters, the Court of St. Ann, Altar Society, Junior Service League, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
She is remembered for her love of family and community and her generous spirit.
Massey's legacy is a life of service to others. The Victoria Livestock Show could not thrive without the kind of commitment and dedication to community that Massey exemplified in her life.
Charles 'CJ' Strnadel IV
Dec. 22, 1982-Aug. 9, 2012
Strnadel may as well have been born at the Victoria Livestock Show.
When you're born into a family like his, dedication to community and others through service in 4-H, FFA and the Livestock Show is just in your blood.
Although Strnadel died young, his life was one that should serve as an example to others.
Strnadel, 29, had truly learned life's most valuable lessons - that we have a higher purpose in service to others, our faith in God is essential and that commitment to and love of family is where the meaning of life can be found.
Strnadel married his high school sweetheart, Sarah Klingle, on Oct. 21, 2006, and they had a daughter, Cadence Jane, on March 1, 2012. They live in Huffman.
Strnadel is also survived by his parents, Carolyn and C.J. Strnadel III, of Inez; and his paternal grandparents, Albertha and C.J. Strnadel Jr., of Inez.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert L. and Diana Koontz Massey.
After graduating from Texas A&M University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in construction science, Strnadel worked for SpawGlass Construction Corp. as a project manager.
The first year Strnadel was eligible to participate in the livestock show, he was excited to be awarded grand champion carcass for a hog he raised.
His mother remembers this as just a run of the mill hog bought off a friend - it wasn't one picked and purchased from a big breeder with a focus on winning, but rather with the purpose of teaching a young boy how to raise an animal well.
Raising that first hog and growing up showing animals over the years provided a number of life lessons that served Strnadel well, not just through his years in 4-H but also into his years at Texas A&M and in business.
Strnadel understood the 4-H motto to "make the best better" and lived it in every aspect of his life as an employee, husband and father.
David Thomas Scott
Dec. 11, 1958-July 2, 2012
Scott served as the 50th president of the Victoria Jaycees at a time when it wasn't uncommon for the organization to have a few hundred members on the roster.
Scott was also a member of the Jaycees Rattlesnakes.
The success of his service can be attributed to strong organizational and leadership skills, partnered with a heavy dose of likability.
In fact, most say, "Dave was just a good guy."
He is survived by his wife, Denyce Scott; two sons, Daryk Scott and Dalton Scott; his parents, Boyce and Wanda Scott, all of Perry; and a brother, Royce Scott, of Baytown.
After he graduated from McMurry University in 1980, Scott obtained a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Texas Tech University Law School in 1983 and practiced law for 28 years.
He was elected Ochiltree County Attorney in 2008.
Scott, 54, and his family lived in Victoria in the 1990s and it was in that time he became involved in the Victoria County Livestock Show through the Jaycees organization.
His dedication to his profession and the community he served was evident in how he lived out that service. While living in Victoria, Scott and his family immersed themselves in community involvement from church activities, participation in Boy Scouts of America and service to the Victoria County Livestock Show.
He served the Boy Scouts as assistant scoutmaster of Troop 256 for eight years, was chairman of Lone Wolf District, executive board member of Golden Spread Council and director of Council Spring Camp at Camp MK Brown.
He also received the Boy Scouts' highest honor for Scout leaders, the Silver Beaver Award.
Scott later became an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Northwest Texas. He served Episcopal churches in Perryton, Shamrock and Dumas, with other interim appointments in Pampa and other cities. He was also a former member of Perryton City Council, founder of Top of Texas Rural Rail Transportation District and past Ochiltree County Republican Party chairman. He was a past president of Perryton Activity Center board and Perryton Rotary Club.
He also served on the Chamber of Commerce board and its legislative committee and was a member of Perryton Lions Club, Ochiltree County Senior Citizens Association, Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of the Republic of Texas.