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Mark Watte: R.I.P.

He was a leader in every sense of the word and will be sorely missed.

Jun 22, 2016

Mark Watte was a solid citizen, family man and farmer.  He passed away over the weekend after battling cancer for the last year.  Mark was on our Families Protecting the Valley Board of Directors, a former member of the board of Calcot Limited, a former Tulare City Councilman, integral part of the World Ag Expo, farmer and dairyman.

We have written about him ourselves in previous newsletters including when he was asked to testify before the Congressional Field Hearing in Fresno where he made an impassioned presentation on the Endangered Species Act; and, when he helped bring George W. Bush to the World Ag Expo (FPV Board Member Helps Secure Bush for Farm Show).

Mark was a frequent speaker on East Side water issues.  He joined with many of his farmer colleagues up and down the Valley in lobbying politicians and bureaucrats to demand they restore balance and fairness to water distribution.  He was acutely aware that this continuing bias by the government toward environmental water releases at the expense of Valley communities and farms will continue to devastate the San Joaquin Valley.  As with many farmers, Mark would work full time and then make the time to participate in activities trying to restore our surface water.  He was a leader in every sense of the word and will be sorely missed.

We salute Mark Watte for his service to his community, his passion for agriculture and for his help with our organization's educational efforts on California water policy.  Our thoughts are with his family. 

Former Tulare City Councilman Mark Watte dies

Mark C. Watte, a Tulare farmer, dairyman, a former Tulare City councilman and a staple of the World Ag Expo, has died.

Mark Bagby, a spokesman for Calcot Limited, a Bakersfield cotton marketing cooperative out of Bakersfield — of which Watte was a former member of the board of directors — said the 64-year-old had been battling a rare form of cancer for at least a year.

Visalia Times-Delta

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