NEW MEXICO COWBELLES
June 21, 2000
Las Cruces - At their Mid-Year meeting held at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, New Mexico CowBelles announced the winner of their prestigious "MAN OF THE YEAR" award. Frank DuBois, Director/Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, took this year's honor
"Many times there are individuals who play important roles in strategic places and whose help on a higher level impacts the industry we support more than anything we can do on a local level. We believe Frank DuBois is that type of individual. His help, influence and the things he has been able to do for agriculture and the livestock industry in Washington, D. C. and on the state level remain unsurpassed by most in New Mexico."
Frank's great-grandfather, Frank DuBois, Sr. moved to the site of Corona and established the first store and post office. Frank's grandparents homesteaded in Claunch, which at that time was known as "DuBois Flats." Secretary DuBois graduated from Corona High School and attended New Mexico State University and holds bachelors and masters degrees in agriculture and extension education. Some of the things Frank has been involved in are: Legislative Assistant for Senator Pete Domenici, Deputy Director of Land and Water Resources for the Department of Interior, President of the Western United States Agriculture Trade Association, past President of the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture and has been on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. He has taught classes on Public Lands Policy at NMSU and is the author of three publications. Mr. DuBois created the Rounders Award which annually honors someone who "Lives, promotes or articulates the western way of life."
Frank's lovely wife, Sharon, is a member of New Mexico CowBelles and belongs to the Mesilla Valley local. They have two children, Frank Austin and Sevon Nicole. Sharon, a devoted partner, encourages and helps Frank with whatever he is doing. He has said, "I couldn't even keep a horse, much less be able to ride if it wasn't for my wife, Sharon. Without her love, support and help, my daily accomplishments would disappear."
Frank was diagnosed with MS several years ago but didn't let it stop
him from roping. Since being diagnosed in 1991, Frank has won more
prize money and trophies in roping than before.