Obituary- Walt Cucuk
Fresno County Farm Bureau Past President Walt Cucuk passed away Sept. 22. He was 80 years old.
Cucuk was a grape, plum and citrus farmer. He also grew palms and other ornamental plants in his greenhouse.
Cucuk got started in FCFB in the late 1970s through then-Lone Star Center Chairman Lee Hermann, who invited him to a meeting. Soon after, Cucuk became Center Chairman and his involvement in Farm Bureau increased. He served as FCFB president during 1984-86. During his tenure as president, Cucuk traveled to Washington D.C. to testify in favor of offshore drilling. Also during that time, FCFB membership grew to 7,900.
Cucuk credited much of his involvement in FCFB and preparation to serve as its president to members of the Lone Star Center, specifically his brother, Bill Cucuk. Mary Lou Bagdasarian, Gayle Dervishian, Doris Halemeier, Ruby Hefley, Keith Nilmeier, Ben Packer, Frances Reitz, Ron Schletewitz, Tak Sugimoto and Joe Van Gundy. “The Lone Star Center folks really supported me,” Cucuk once said.
In the 1950s, Cucuk served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was actively involved in the community, from serving on the Sanger Unified School District Board of Trustees, the Fresno County Planning Commission and the Fresno Chamber Board, representing agriculture. He also was an active member for the Sanger Lions Club. He was involved in the National Guard Commission (appointed by Fresno County Board of Supervisors), Fresno Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee, Selective Service Board (the Draft Board) and the Association of U.S. Army. Cucuk was also a member of the Serbian Men’s Club and the Fresno Regional Foundation Board of Directors.
He lived by the motto, “Concerned people are involved people.”
Cucuk leaves behind his wife Barbara, four grown children and nine grandchildren.