Most everyone in Comanche, Texas knows Dendy Scott because he’s lived in Comanche County all of his life. Twenty-nine of those years he’s spent at Farm Bureau, starting in ’85 as an agent hired by Lonnie Tate. Of course, Dendy’s roots sink even deeper than that into Comanche County soil since his family arrived in the county in the 1860s.
Since 1988, Dendy’s been the manager of Farm Bureau in Comanche, and today, he has the distinction of being the longest serving agent in the county. That tells me that Dendy Scott should know his stuff…frontwards, backwards, and upside down!
So does that mean that Farm Bureau is all there is in the life of Dendy Scott? Not by a long shot.
“I spend a lot of my time on my farm. I take care of 600 pecan trees, usually a few cows, and I have horses, dogs, and deer. I also like to get on the bull dozer and tear things up. I guess I didn’t have enough toys as a kid since I’m working on my third bull dozer now!” he laughed.
“I like digging in the dirt, picking up pecans, and taking care of Jana’s [one of Dendy’s daughters] horses. Of course, I have a small deer breeding operation too.”
Deer breeding operation?
That just means that Dendy has white tail deer that he has been raising for several years.
“I actually sold out last spring and am just now building my herd again, trying to grow big horns.”
“Different game ranches, most of my stuff goes as stocker deer to game ranches. I’ve sold to local people also. One man that I sell to just turns them loose to roam…he’s not a local!
“It is crazy how big that business is in Texas. The stocker doesn’t make it, but it is amazing how big the deer industry is in the state and how much money it actually brings the state.”
Farm Bureau and the country life seem to be what Dendy is all about now, but I wanted him to go back a little farther because I remember when Dendy Scott didn’t have the words Farm Bureau attached to his name.
“Before I came to Farm Bureau, I worked off shore, and I really liked it.”
Because he held a sheepskin with his name on it, Dendy Scott soon worked his way up the off shore drilling ladder, and he liked what he did for a long time.
“I loved the travel, and I’ve been around the world…literally. Of course, eventually, I got tired of being gone all of the time.
“The last year I worked off shore, I was in the North Sea. The weather was horrible, and there was an unbelievable amount of travelling just to get there and work 12 hours. The days were short, the weather cold, and the wind never stopped blowing. I just decided it was time for a change.
“Once that year I was on a ship for 42 days. We made over 9,000 miles going 15 miles an hour! We went through both the Suez Canal and the English Chanel, and I saw A LOT, but after a year in the North Sea, I was finished.”
Dendy still loves to travel, and before losing life-long friend, Ricky Henry, the two of them had lots of adventures together.
“Ricky was the planner and the one who wouldn’t take no for an answer. He wouldn’t let me use work as an excuse to stay home, and we had great times together. We used to go rafting in Colorado every year until I fell out of the raft. We decided at that point that we had gotten too old to raft, and we started taking our 4-wheelers instead!”
Most of the time these days you will find Dendy Scott doing exactly what he was meant to do, serving as the manager of Farm Bureau in Comanche.
“Farm Burea has been a wonderful opportunity for me. It allowed me to stay in Comanche and make a living; I can’t imagine working for anyone else. It’s one of those companies where I can pick up the phone and call the executive director, and he will know me by name. That’s not a common thing anymore.
“Here in the office, I have a wonderful staff in Brenda Burns, Nancy Rios, and Karen Coplen and, of course, Wade Pyburn has been an agent with me for years. We also have a great board of directors, and we put A LOT of money back into Comanche County.”
Dendy measured the amount of money that comes right back into the community through Farm Bureau in the millions, not thousands.
“That money goes back to body shops, dealerships, contractors, roofers, etc. every single time we pay a claim. That means that when people have claims, the money we pay out drops right into Comanche County pockets, and isn’t that what it’s all about anyway?”
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