By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer
Decades of supporting young people have won a Roosevelt County man a place in the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame.
Johnny Ogden, who helps with 4-H and FFA in Floyd and around the state, was inducted into the state’s 4-H Hall of Fame Dec. 9 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. The Roosevelt 4-H County Council nominated him.
“It was an honor, and I was very pleased,” Ogden said.
Ogden said he was proud to accept the award with others who were equally or more deserving.
County Cooperative Extension 4-H agent Melanie Gutierrez said she worked with Ogden while she was a 4-H member showing animals in the county.
“He’s been around and been so helpful and made such an impact on not only 4-H, but FFA as well,” Gutierrez said.
The 4-H agent said she thinks Ogden spends all his spare time either driving the bus for Floyd school athletes or helping with 4-H and FFA.
“He’s one of a kind for sure,” Gutierrez said.
Extension office receptionist Jackie Clark said Ogden has supported youth continuously since his oldest daughter started participating in 4-H in the late 1960s. He likes seeing young people succeed, Clark said.
Ogden has followed youth to many activities, as well as serving on the Floyd School Board and the New Mexico State Fair Board.
“There’s not a kid in the state that doesn’t know Johnny and appreciate him and like him,” Clark said.
According to the introduction of Ogden from the induction ceremony, the 4-H leader has served on the county Fair Board and Junior Livestock Sale Committee as well as the Eastern New Mexico State Fair Board. He has also worked as the dairy superintendent at the New Mexico State Fair.
“Mr. Ogden is an extremely positive person who always has a smile on his face no matter how bad things are,” the introduction reads.
The late Clara Franklin, who led a 4-H club in the community of Perry for years, was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame the same day.
Since its beginning in 2002, 146 individuals and couples have been inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame, according to a news release from NMSU.