Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Goodbye to man who held office 56 years

By the Advocate Editorial Board
March 28, 2013 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated March 27, 2013 at 10:28 p.m.

It takes a special kind of person to serve in public office. Public servants work to keep our government at all levels running smoothly and serve the citizens of this nation, state, county and town.

Every now and then, a public servant goes above and beyond what is expected. While many elected officials serve a few terms then move on to other things or move up the ladder to a position with more power and responsibility, some become invested in their position and spend decades faithfully serving their communities.

Val Huvar was one of those faithful leaders. Huvar served Victoria County as the county clerk for 56 years from 1955 to 2011. He first took office when he was 35 and left offices at the age of 91. Now, two years later, Huvar has passed away at the age of 93.

Huvar's more than five decades of service earned him the distinction of being the longest serving county clerk in Texas, and we are honored that he was so dedicated to the Victoria County community. He brought some important changes to the county office, including overseeing the switch to a computerized system beginning in 1989 and moving all of the office's records going back as far as 1838 into the new system.

On top of his work in the office, Huvar has also assisted in the hiring and/or training of multiple county officials, including Elections Administrator George Matthews and six county judges during his time of service.

We are grateful for all of Huvar's hard work in serving the residents of Victoria County. He was a dedicated public servant who spent more than half his life in office. But more than that, he was an Air Force veteran, a husband, father and an important member of our community who brought his own sense of responsibility and commitment to the office.

The small memorial set up in the courthouse foyer is an appropriate reminder of the man who dedicated more than five decades of his life to serving our county. We especially like the frog figurines, reminiscent of the 300 similar figurines that decorated his office. That little touch serves as a fitting memorial to a man who brought loyalty, dedication and character to our county clerk's office.

Thank you, Val Huvar, for your many years of service. May you rest in peace.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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