And even among the few, there are fewer still who will step forward and spend the time and effort it takes to provide leadership.
Joe will certainly not join those "cold and timid souls", as he has been a leader in various livestock and ag organizations. He made some tough choices as a member of the NM Livestock Board, and most recently as Chairman of the Dona Ana Soil & Water Conservation District. In each instance he has represented the ranching industry accurately and completely, and sometimes at great personal sacrifice. But at the end of the day, he should be celebrating "the triumph of high achievement."
Our rural and ranching traditions are passed down through several avenues and one of the most important is music. Of course, Joe's activities in that arena have spanned six decades. First with his father, Forrest Delk's band (which you can explore here) and most recently with his sons in The Delk Band (which you can explore here).
And it doesn't stop there. Check out these grand kids.
If that's not leaving a legacy I don't know what is.
And on a more personal level, I'll always remember Joe's helping hand in kicking off the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship and the NMSU Rodeo Hall of Fame.
I'll close by letting you in on a secret. You haven't heard the last from Jose Delk. We all await his next