Seferino Valdez

Seferino Valdez

Dear Joyce, Kristina and Sef:

A common expectation is that if a person comes from a supportive family, has a good education, solid financial backing and is willing to work hard, then the chances are good that success will follow and that the person will enjoy a good life.

However, each generation produces a unique person who shatters those expectations; such a man was Seferino Valdez.

I met Sef when he was 24. He told me about his hard scrabbles life in Coyote, New Mexico; his stint at age 14, in Craig, Colorado, as a sheepherder where he saved his money and learned to speak English, and his move to Delta where he wanted to farm. He had little formal education but had a passion to grow onions. I watched his early attempt when he lost his entire crop of onions from an early freeze. Undeterred, he moved to Naturita and worked in the uranium mines to save money. He then returned to Delta and was a success with his onions.

From then on, it was common knowledge about his meteoric rise, more onions, an onion shed, more farms and cattle.

The local populace watched in amazement about his stellar success and asked how he did it with such a limited background.

For his success was not trickery or deceit nor good old boy charm, but rather it was based upon relentless hard work coupled with a rare business acumen that few could equal. He was as comfortable reading a legal contract as he was driving his tractors.

Bankers and lawyers were awed by his wisdom and sound judgement, and many people envied him.

His achievements were legion! For me, it has been an honor to know this phenom as a friend and as a brother- in-law.

With the greatest respect,


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