We are all saddened by the untimely death of our friend, Wayne Gilman. Wayne helped us with advice for our safety video on Farm Tractors and by introducing us to some very fine young people, members of the FFA. Recently we were honored when Wayne agreed to be interviewed for our video on the importance of the Family Farm. He strongly believed that the Family Farm has always played a key role in shaping young people’s ability to do quality work, to excel in learning, to make right and honorable decisions, and to develop a value system that would guide them for the rest of their lives. He believed that the Family Farm prepared their young men and women to become leaders in life.
He lived for the opportunity to help young people excel in all aspects of their lives.
The Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington State, Randy Dorn, said it best, “Our dear friend, Wayne was Agriculture Science Program Supervisor at OSPI for eight years, joining us July 1, 2004. He was a strong and steady voice for Ag., for FFA in Washington and Montana, and for all students. He was an advocate for education that went beyond the classroom and involved students in every aspect of the agriculture world, literally from the ground up. His heart was for preparing students to be leaders in life, and he connected to and inspired multiple generations through his teaching and leadership.
“Before coming to OSPI, Wayne was an Agriculture Education teacher in Arlington, WA, and Dillon, MT. He was a leader in the National Association for Career and Technical Education and the Montana Association for Career and Technical Education. He was an educator, an agricultural scientist, and a farmer.”
We will miss you, Wayne – We honor you for your positive impact on the lives of thousands of our Washington and Montana State young people.
America’s Farm Family
Roy & Mike Williams