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Nichols Retires After 15 Years of Service to Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board

TEMPLE— Jerry D. Nichols, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) Member has retired after many years of loyal dedication to Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts. 

During Nichol’s 15 years on the board, including 2 years as Chairman, TSSWCB has continued to grow its reputation for excellence.

In 2003, he was elected to the State Board to represent Area IV which is made up of 52 counties in East Texas. In addition to his work with the State Board, he has served on the Nacogdoches Soil and Water Conservation District Board since 1977.

He is also a member of the Deep East Texas Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and previously served as the Vice President of that Association.

Jerry attended Texas A&M University on a football scholarship and graduated from the university in 1965. He served as captain of the Texas A&M football team during Gene Stallings’ first year as head coach. While at college, he met his future wife, Linda Cargill, they married in 1966.

Jerry and his wife, Linda have four children and twelve grandchildren. They are currently involved with livestock, poultry, and hay production. He is also active in real estate, banking and forestry enterprises. 

“Those of us who know Jerry, admire him not only for his dedication to the protection and enhancement of Texas’ natural resources, but also for his commitment to his family and community,” said Rex Isom, TSSWCB Executive Director.

David Basinger of Deport was elected and will be filing the Area IV Board Member position.

 “We will miss Jerry, but he leaves TSSWCB in a great place with potential for continued success,” said Isom.

"Protecting and Enhancing Natural Resources since 1939."

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