American Sheep Industry Association Past President Glen Fisher died suddenly on Feb. 8, 2021, just a few days after celebrating his birthday with his wife and family. He was 74 years old.
He was president of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association in 2001-2002 and ASI president from 2009-2010. He served on many committees in the sheep and goat, wool and mohair industries and was proud to have been a member and chairman of the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center.
Among the many awards he received through the years, he was recognized with the ASI Wool Excellence Award, as well as TSGA’s Fred T. Earwood Award. He was also honored by the National Lamb Feeders Association.
Fisher was born Feb. 5, 1947, in Childress, Texas. Most of his childhood was spent on the farm outside Lorenzo, Texas, working with his parents and his sisters. He graduated from Lorenzo High School as valedictorian in 1965 and went to Texas Tech University, where he met Linda Ann McBride and fell in love. They were married on May 21, 1971. After graduating from Texas Tech, the couple moved to Oklahoma State University where Fisher finished his masters degree in agriculture economics.
While he was in Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the couple had a daughter, Tammy, in Uvalde, Texas. The three moved to Sonora, Texas, in May 1977 and lived on the Halbert ranch where Fisher worked for his grandfather-in-law, Robert Halbert. In 1979, he went to work as manager of Sonora Wool and Mohair Company around the same time the couple welcomed a son, David, into the world. Fisher was later the manager of Ozona Wool and Mohair and Del Rio Wool and Mohair for a short time. From the time he married Linda, he worked with her family on the ranch in Sonora.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda Fisher; his daughter, Tammy; son, David, and his wife Stacy; and grandchildren, Madalyn and Weston, all of Sonora, Texas. He is also survived by his sisters, Joan Yoakum and husband Pat of Lubbock, Texas, Mary Rauch of San Angelo, Texas, Kay Ardis and husband Bill of Crowley, Texas; brother-in-law Patrick McBride of Guadalajara, Mexico; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leona Pauline Bradshaw Fisher and Lindsay Floyd Grady Fisher; his sister, Burma Niell; brothers-in-law, Aubrey Niell and Walter Rauch; and his wife’s parents, Allie and Vestel Askew.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Sutton County Civic Center on Feb. 22, 2021, at 2 p.m. in Sonora. Memorials may be made to Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Memorial Fund (www.tsgra.com), American Sheep Industry Association Guard Dog Fund (www.sheepusa.org), Sutton County Health Foundation or the First United Methodist Church of Sonora.