Oscar and Lynn Wyatt
The San Diego Rotarians are honored to announce Oscar and Lynn Wyatt as the 2020 Duval County Fair Honorees. The Wyatts have donated their time to the Rotary Park and supported the San Diego Rotary Club for well over 20 years. Their involvement with fundraising for the county fair extends back to when former Duval County Judge, the Honorable E.B. Garcia was president of the San Diego Rotarians.
Lynn Sakowitz Wyatt was born in Houston, Texas and Oscar Sherman Wyatt Jr. was born in Beaumont, Texas, is a longtime resident of Duval County. The couple wed in 1963 and, two years later, what is now Wyatt Ranches, began in 1965. Oscar had founded what later became the Coastal Corporation, a company he began after securing an $800 loan with his 1949 Ford Coupe as the collateral....the vehicle he drove while selling drill bits in the South Texas oil fields of the 1950’s. In 2000, the Coastal Corporation merged with what is now Kinder Morgan; and in 2013, Wyatt sold Coastal Energy, an international entity.
Despite Lynn’s many honors and charitable efforts, she continues to be as approachable and down-to-earth as the next humble person you meet on the street...all while being renowned. She recently appeared in the January 2020 edition of Society Texas magazine with the lead quote, “Forget oil. She’s the greatest natural resource Texas has,”and Texas Monthly had a lead story line of, “If there is one person who embodies Texas style, it is Lynn Wyatt. Tall and forever blond, glamorous without being pretentious, simultaneously sweet and shrewd, with arguably the most famous whiskey laugh in the world.”
Both she and Oscar have supported countless charitable initiative in Houston, from the cultural arts and museums - to the hospitals in the Texas Medical Center and shelters for the homeless. Locally, Lynn has personally donated funds for the Duval County Park; and , Oscar donated generously for the construction of the county fair’s pavilion in 2000.
Their examples of philanthropy serve as an inspiration for the Wyatt Ranches Foundation in their providing generous and needed grants in South Texas and West Texas. These grants have benefited countless initiative in Duval County, not to mention those in the neighboring counties of Nueces, Jim Wells and Starr. The Rotarians honor Lynn and Oscar for their philanthropy and for their setting example for others to follow when giving back to their community.
Luis Roberto Garza
It is with great pleasure that the San Diego Rotary Club and the Duval County Fair to honor a great friend and neighbor, Luis Roberto Garza. The admiration for a man who works so hard and who has contributed so much to the community deserves to be recognized as the fair begins a new decade and celebrates its 73rd year.
Luis Roberto Garza of Benavides is the son of Nestor and Irma Garza. He has been married to Roxanne Garza for 35 years and has two sons, Luis Roberto Garza Jr. (Louie) of Dallas and Matthew Daniel (Hilary) Garza of Corpus Christi. Luis and Roxanne are also proud grandparents of two beautiful granddaughters, Madison and Mariah Garza. On his occasional days off, Luis and his family enjoy evenings at the ranch together, taking short road trips, hunting, watching Dallas Cowboys football and lighting up a BBQ pit.
At an early age, Luis learned the value of hard work by working hard. He worked alongside his dad, Nestor, at Arrow Drilling Company for several years, where he mastered his craft. Luis is the President of Arrow Drilling Company, owner of Bricks Hardware and Feed Store, owner of South Texas Energy Express and co-owner of Arrow Brothers. Luis is also a member and Commissioner of the Emergency District #2. As a business man, public figure and a man who cares, Luis has always enjoyed volunteering his time to the city, the county, his church and the elderly.Throughout the years, he has also played an important role in the success of the annual Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church Festival. He has also worked towards empowering the youth in the community and has provided them with advice and hands on experience to be confident, and the best version of themselves they can be. He instilled this in both of his sons at a young age, where they grew up participating in 4-H and FFA.
Today, Luis continues to work hard to ensure a successful and prosperous county fair for the kids, their parents and everyone involved. His generosity and kindness do not go unnoticed and this is the reason he is being honored by the San Diego Rotarians who tank him for always being there for them and for being a man who always gets it done.