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Lawrence Wayne Mitchell

Pflugerville, Texas

March 24, 1956 - May 18, 2024

Lawrence Wayne Mitchell Obituary

Lawrence “Larry” Wayne Mitchell, aged 68, passed away on May 18, 2024 at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.


Larry was born on March 24, 1956 at Fort Eustis, Virginia in the US Army Hospital to his father, James “Jim” Carroll Mitchell, and his mother, Martha Jane Bryant Mitchell. He was the oldest of four children.


Larry grew up learning to farm with his father and grandfathers and started farming as a high school senior by raising his own cotton crop. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1974 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Science from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas in May 1978.


Larry started an independent farming operation in 1981 with 2,200 acres in cultivation of wheat, oats, corn, cotton, grain sorghum, hay, and livestock. After personally being affected by the farm crisis of the 1980s, Larry shifted his career as a political advocate of farmers when he moved to and began working in Washington, D.C. where he began working for the American Agriculture Movement, National Farmers Union, and American Corn Growers Association to represent grassroot members before Congress and the executive branch to improve programs for farming, conservation, and renewable energy. He was appointed to serve in the Administration of President Clinton and served as Duty Administrator for Farm Programs in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Afterward, he established and led a non-lobbying entity to provide government and political research for small government relations firms, large corporations, and trade associations. He was later appointed to serve in the Administration of President Obama and served as an administrator in the Grain Inspection Packers & Stockyards Administration in USDA. In 2017, he returned to Texas to serve as the Program Coordinator for Grain Warehouse, Aquaculture and Perishable Commodities Program in the Texas Department of Agriculture. Throughout his career, Larry was a highly motivated policy professional with a passion for fair and competitive markets for farmers and ranchers, as well as improved economic opportunities for rural communities.


Beyond his professional career, Larry was a dedicated and loving father and grandfather. He loved to travel in his pick-up truck across the country meeting with old friends he made throughout his life. In the evenings he enjoyed unwinding outside on the front porch watching the sunset with a glass of bourbon, a handful of smoked pecans, a game of dominos, and the company of his family.


Larry Mitchell was a man whose life is defined by his passion and dedication in the fields and the offices where he worked in service of his family, friends, and fellow farmers in need. He never met a stranger and loved to joke and prank those closest to him. He was known to have the biggest heart and would give the shirt off his back to those in need.


Larry was predeceased by his mother, Martha, August 4, 1979; his father, Jim, March 24, 2013; and his brother, James “Rusty” Russell Mitchell, January 15, 2017.


Larry is survived and lovingly remembered by his son, James Burton Mitchell and his wife, Ericka Marie Leyva Mitchell; his daughter, Suzanne Leigh Mitchell; his grandchildren, Scarlette Olivia Mitchell (7), Julian Soren Mitchell (3), and Elizabeth Kinsley Mitchell (1); his step-granddaughter, Kennedy Lexis Robert (12); his two sisters, Nelora “Lori” Ann Bedford, and Jana Lynn Compton; and his nieces and nephews.


A celebration of the life of Larry Mitchell for family and friends will be held on Saturday, June 8,2024 at 1:30 pm at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 4729 S Carrier Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75052."




Floral tributes available at Freytag's Florist

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Lawrence Wayne Mitchell hosted by Beck Funeral Homes & Cremation Services.

Lawrence “Larry” Wayne Mitchell, aged 68, passed away on May 18, 2024 at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.


Larry was born on March 24, 1956 at Fort Eustis, Virginia in the US Army Hospital to his father, James “Jim” Carroll Mitchell, and his mother, Martha Jane Bryant Mitchell. He was the oldest of four children.


Larry grew up learning to farm with his father and grandfathers and started farming as a high school senior by raising his own cotton crop. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1974 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Science from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas in May 1978.


Larry started an independent farming operation in 1981 with 2,200 acres in cultivation of wheat, oats, corn, cotton, grain sorghum, hay, and livestock. After personally being affected by the farm crisis of the 1980s, Larry shifted his career as a political advocate of farmers when he moved to and began working in Washington, D.C. where he began working for the American Agriculture Movement, National Farmers Union, and American Corn Growers Association to represent grassroot members before Congress and the executive branch to improve programs for farming, conservation, and renewable energy. He was appointed to serve in the Administration of President Clinton and served as Duty Administrator for Farm Programs in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Afterward, he established and led a non-lobbying entity to provide government and political research for small government relations firms, large corporations, and trade associations. He was later appointed to serve in the Administration of President Obama and served as an administrator in the Grain Inspection Packers & Stockyards Administration in USDA. In 2017, he returned to Texas to serve as the Program Coordinator for Grain Warehouse, Aquaculture and Perishable Commodities Program in the Texas Department of Agriculture. Throughout his career, Larry was a highly motivated policy professional with a passion for fair and competitive markets for farmers and ranchers, as well as improved economic opportunities for rural communities.


Beyond his professional career, Larry was a dedicated and loving father and grandfather. He loved to travel in his pick-up truck across the country meeting with old friends he made throughout his life. In the evenings he enjoyed unwinding outside on the front porch watching the sunset with a glass of bourbon, a handful of smoked pecans, a game of dominos, and the company of his family.


Larry Mitchell was a man whose life is defined by his passion and dedication in the fields and the offices where he worked in service of his family, friends, and fellow farmers in need. He never met a stranger and loved to joke and prank those closest to him. He was known to have the biggest heart and would give the shirt off his back to those in need.


Larry was predeceased by his mother, Martha, August 4, 1979; his father, Jim, March 24, 2013; and his brother, James “Rusty” Russell Mitchell, January 15, 2017.


Larry is survived and lovingly remembered by his son, James Burton Mitchell and his wife, Ericka Marie Leyva Mitchell; his daughter, Suzanne Leigh Mitchell; his grandchildren, Scarlette Olivia Mitchell (7), Julian Soren Mitchell (3), and Elizabeth Kinsley Mitchell (1); his step-granddaughter, Kennedy Lexis Robert (12); his two sisters, Nelora “Lori” Ann Bedford, and Jana Lynn Compton; and his nieces and nephews.


A celebration of the life of Larry Mitchell for family and friends will be held on Saturday, June 8,2024 at 1:30 pm at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 4729 S Carrier Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75052."




Floral tributes available at Freytag's Florist

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Lawrence Wayne Mitchell hosted by Beck Funeral Homes & Cremation Services.

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