Mann remembered; Former extension agent, business owner dies at 94 | Local news
When he thinks of Sam Mann, Neal Logan, a Cleburne resident and Edward Jones’ financial advisor, says a strong character comes to his mind.
“Like a mighty oak,” Logan said. “They don’t make men like Sam anymore. Sam was wise, honest, hardworking, loved his family and loved his church.
Johnson County Commissioner Larry Woolley shared similar sentiments.
“My family and I were thinking about Sam Mann’s world,” Woolley said. “He was a prince of man and a true friend. Sam’s with whom I put [former Rio Vista businessman] Stretch Smith and this team. All those legendary guys who put Johnson County on the map for so many reasons. “
Mann died on Monday at the age of 94.
A U.S. Navy veteran and Texas Tech University graduate, Mann moved to Johnson County in 1955 to serve as a County Extension Officer, having served as an Assistant Officer in Kaufman County and an Associate Officer in County of Collin.
Mann then founded Mann Farm & Ranch in Cleburne, a business he and his wife, Dorothy Mann, operated until 2007 when they sold the business and retired.
Mann attended College Heights Baptist Church for over 50 years and was a member of the Cleburne Lions Club for 45 years.
“Sam really enjoyed helping people, whether it was through the Lions or being really loyal to his people when he owned Mann Ag,” Logan said. “And he really enjoyed helping the kids. Sam has been a big supporter of Cleburne FFA for many years and has helped countless children with their pets and projects.
Woolley, a former professor of agriculture at Grandview ISD, said he met Mann shortly after Woolley moved to Johnson County in 1982.
“The agricultural teachers and the grocery stores build a relationship pretty quick,” Woolley said. “So I’ve known Sam from the start, when I first came here. I never heard Sam say anything bad about anyone. Everyone seemed to love Sam and Sam loved everyone. If he didn’t, he certainly didn’t show it.
Mann, Woolley said, has supported not only students at Cleburne ISD, but students across the county as well.
“He always wanted to know how my judging teams were doing,” Woolley said. “Sam loved helping and seeing children succeed, whether it was breeding, judgment, leadership events, or whatever talent was best for them.
Cleburne businessman Jeremy Longoria said he often heard Mann’s name mentioned during his time at Cleburne High School.
“I knew him and heard about a lot of things he did to help others,” Longoria said. “But I really got to know him about seven years ago when I joined the Cleburne Lions Club and was lucky enough to befriend him.
“Sam was just a good person, a good friend. He was all about the community. He wanted to help others and for the children. Whenever it came to helping the children, he was there for them. to help.
Logan said he and Mann have been friends for over 30 years through their joint involvement with Lions.
“Sam was a man who when I walked around him I just stopped talking and started listening,” Logan said. “He had many words of wisdom and his heart was pure gold. Whatever the biggest accolades you can think of, that’s what I would say about Sam Mann.
The vice-president of the Cleburne Lions, Tina Pollock, felt the same.
“Not only was Sam Mann a good Lion, but he was a great family man and well respected in the community,” Pollock said. “Cleburne has lost a great man.”
Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain said Dorothy Mann, Cleburne City Councilor Mike Mann, Mann’s son and the rest of Mann’s family were in his prayers.
“Sam Mann was a legend in Cleburne and the surrounding area,” Cain said. “He will be remembered as the Texan par excellence, always a gentleman, always kind and a great businessman. Sam is one of those great men from Cleburne and Johnson County who set the standards for community service and business. “
Mann, Longoria added, lived a “hell of a life” and made a huge difference.
“We cannot fill the boots of men like Sam Mann”, Logan said. “But we will do our best and do our best to follow his example.”
Services for Mann will be on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Croisier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel. Interment will be at 3:00 p.m. the same day at Valley View Cemetery in Valley View.
Online condolences can be left from Sam Mann’s Tribute at cpcleburne.com.
In lieu of flowers, family members ask to honor Mann’s wishes whether donations are made to College Heights Baptist Church Cleburne or the American Red Cross.