Bob Hockett, an inductee in the notable category, was born in 1938 in Mt.Angel and, as an adult, moved to St. Paul to begin farming. In 1976, he and four other farmers formed Marion Ag Service. Two years later, he bought out the partners and continues to oversee its daily operations, even at the age of 82!
Hockett has contributed to St. Paul in a variety of quiet, understated ways. He has donated time and resources to St. Paul Elementary, the St. Paul Booster Club, the St. Paul Parochial School, and local 4-H and FFA chapters. He has, in the name of the Marion Ag Service, purchased fair animals, allowing the 4-H students to carry feed and expenses on interest-free credit at the store, paying their bills after the auction. He has been a very generous rodeo sponsor through the years.
He is humble, unassuming and quiet (unless he was at the microphone as the voice of the St. Paul Football team!) and does not enjoy the spotlight. However, his countless contributions have made the St. Paul community stronger.
His wife, Judy, passed away in 2010; he is married to Kathleen, a long-time rodeo member. They make their home in Woodburn.