The Pryor Times


November 23, 2013

Letter to the Editor: "Giant in our eyes"

PRYOR, OK — Dear Editor,

Seasons change, rules change, leadership changes and yet in the countryside east of Tulsa, in the small rural community of Adair, there remains a constant, consistent, and powerful force in the lives of the agricultural education/FFA students within the Adair Public School system.

Devin DeLoizer, ag teacher for the last 18 years, has helped mold and influence the students he has come in contact with, driving and demanding an unequaled work ethic and an ability to succeed. His commitment to his students is unrivaled, only by his commitment to God and his family. Mr. DeLozier’s passion and enthusiasm for his job was instilled in him at a very young age, both of his parents, Dennis and Rita, were educators. Rita was an elementary teacher and Dennis an ag teacher for nearly 30 years; they set the bar high in his eyes for him to be successful.

Mr. D, as his students call him, is consumed with a passion for his students to be their very best at all that they do. Former students are engineers, CEOs, ag teachers, county extension agents, mechanics, welders, entrepreneurs, etc. Leaders in their respective communities all wishing their sons and daughters could have the opportunities afforded them through having Mr. D. as a teacher.

Mr. D has had the opportunity to coach several winning judging teams in his Adair career, such as the Oklahoma State Champion Livestock Judging Team; Paint World Champions; two-time World Quarter Horse Champion Team; Reserve Champion Quarter Horse Team at Congress and the National Champion FFA Horse Evaluation Team this year. Also, several high individuals in major contest including the 2013 Oklahoma State Champion and National Champion Horse Evaluation High Individual, Wyatt Smith.

Eighteen years into his career, the 39-year-old has reached the Pinnacle of Success, achieving what most would love to do just once. Numerous personal awards and recognition cover the walls of his office, but none are more important to him than his love of his students and their accomplishments. He is a man that demands respect, but it is easily reciprocated by his students. He is also a man who works tirelessly for his FFA program as well as his community and his school district. It is with the highest regard that I am able to write this and acknowledge this man as a teaching partner, and more importantly, as a friend. You truly are an inspiration to me as well as others.

Family is also very important to Devin. Married to his wife Becky now for the past 15 years, they have three sons, Dax, 9; Dade, 7; and Dacen, 2. Raising his family on his home place is very exciting and rewarding to him. To have his sons be able to work and learn alongside their papa and himself is very satisfying to Devin. It was Dax’s first year to show in the Mayes County Fair and what a remarkable experience that was for dad and son. It was very rewarding to me to be able to watch as the two of them worked closely together and then to see their hard work and effort pay off with Dax winning Grand Champion Performance Steer and the Champion Angus Steer, a home-raised calf. A very memorable moment for all involved.

So as the seasons change and we are all enjoying the view around us, know this, the small community of Adair and the FFA students are in great hands!

Mr. D, you really are a “Giant in Our Eyes!”  

Shane Johnson


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