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+ + Local farms look to world- wide program for help. - Page 1C Hays Free Press May 17, 2017 Page 3B PHOTO COURTESY OF HAYS CISD In a mixture of smiles, cheers, high fives, fist bumps and even a few tears from former teachers, about 150 members of the Hays High School Class of 2017 visited elementary school students Monday during a "senior walk" event. The seniors were met with signs created by the students. Editor's note- Over the past week, the Hays CISD community has mourned the loss of Delvin John "Red"Simon, who passed away at the age of 91 at his home. Simon, who was the owner of Red Simon Ford in San Marcos for many years, is remembered as an integral cog in creating what today is Hays CISD. Below is a piece written by ]im Cullen in 2009 that is mounted at the school that was named for him - Simon Middle School. BY JIM CULLEN Red became a salesman for Jack Hughes, his dealership's new owner in 1950, and after 15 years in the position, he bought a percentage of the dealership. In 1967, Simon and A.W. Gregg. Sr. teamed to buy out Hughes. In 1974, Simon bought full control of his auto dealership, setting his professional course for the next 35 years. Finding a calling in en Delvin John ed Simon as born to his parents, Hugo and Paula Simon, on September 24, 1925, there was no way the Hemphill farming couple could predict that their sixth and last child would one day make the mark he eventually did on his hometown. His record of service to public schools in this area, though, speaks for itself. A 17-year member of first the Kyle Independent School District, then the Hays Consolidated Independent School District, Red Simon led both boards, including time as Hays CISD's first board president. As three towns' school districts merged in 1967, two of them (Kyle and Buda) longtime bitter rivals, it was a time of local political uncertainty. Lesser men with smaller agendas might not have enjoyed the success that this newly-formed district did. But Simon and his board had only the common interest of local students in mind and more than 40 years later, their successes are evident. From the pasture to the As did most families on the prairie east of Kyle, the Hugo Simon family grew cotton and corn and managed cattle, sheep, goats, and hogs. Red admitted in later life that he expected to do some farming, "but there would have to be something else." PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE ~:' '!)~ ,i'i ~' il, ~ "i!~ii!17 Above, Red Simon shows a picture of his late wife Louise at his home in a November 2016 interview at his home in Kyle. Inset is a photo of Simon as school board president. The family farm, back to the family farm. teacher A. R. 'Archie" located just a half mile As he walked in, his father Hatcher. The popular north of today's Simon asked him what was going teacher took his Middle School, gave every on and Red told him "I students on many indication of one day missed the bus." Hugofield trips and he'd claiming a a lion's share of Simon quickly made note always stop along Red's attention. But fate of the fact that the bus the way and let the had other other plans for driver would not havestudents get ice cream this native son. stopped and blown theand sodas. Always willing to horn as many times as it "The rest of you, chuckle while telling did if Red had been trying get what you want," he a story on himself, he to catch it and a hackberry said one day at such a reminisces of the day switch soon helped him stop, calling attention when he tried to play make the point, to auburn-haired hooky. Starting school "If my father could be Delvin,"but Little Red in 1931 - his five older here to see this today, he here, he's going to have brothers and sisters had would not believe it," Red red soda and strawberry all attended the just- said in scanning the just- ice cream.., don't let him closed Hemphill School completed D. J. Simonhave anything else." - Simon had to wait for Middle School campus."And every student the Kyle school bus out at As with all of us, Red's called me 'Red' from then a corner of today's FM 150. life had many eventful on," Simon said. "One day," he recalls, twists and turns, including Red graduated from as if it was yesterday, "I his mother's death- and K' le Itigh %chool in 1942, decided I wasn't going to the family's move to a saw brief stateside military catch that bus." ranch west of Kyle when service during World War Hiding in a rise of land Simon was only 11. II, and entered the auto as the bus arrived, he He got his lifelong business in 1946, serving waited until it went on nickname from a Kyle as a parts helper in the San without him, then strolled High SchoolVocational Ag Marcos Ford dealership of Tom Sumners. His first assignment was sweeping out the department. Two years later, on January 31, 1948, at midnight, Red and Louise Dupree were maIfied by Brother John McKay of the Kyle United Methodist Church. They made their home in Kyle and they had two sons, Delvin Russell and John Reagan. , First appointed to the Kyle ISD board to fill an unexpired vacancy in 1955, Reds commitment to the district was quickly embraced by voters, beginning a regular pattern of re-election. The eventual consolidation of Kyle with Buda and Wimberley found Simon serving as Kyle's board president. Following the pre- planned resignations of all the all but seven now-HCISD trustees, he was unanimously elected to lead the new district's board. He served as the Hays CISD board president until 1972, when he chose not to nm for re-election. "I have a huge amount of respect for Red. He's not a chest- pounder or an egotist, but he does have a lot of pride, said Ralph Pfluger, current Hays CISD board trustee who, along with Simon, made up the first district board. Looking back on his 1967 vote for the new board's president, Pfluger said "We knew he was just a fine, fine person. He'd done so much, had such a sense of duty to the schools--and such a sense of humor... We all respected him as a successful businessman. tie was well-suited ~or the job." Forty-two years later Hays CISD has grown into a booming, forward- RED SIMON, 4B +