As President of Latt Maxcy Corporation for over 36 years and owner of Crooked Lake Ranch, Pat Wilson was a well-know cattle rancher and citrus grower who gave his leadership, dedication and support to benefit Florida agriculture.
Mr. Wilson donated numerous hours to the promotion and betterment of the beef industry and served on many committees and association boards as well as high offices in these affiliations. He was a two-term president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, President of the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association, 2nd Vice President of Region II and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the National Cattlemen’s Association, first President of the Florida Simmental Association and Director of the Florida Polled Hereford Association. He was also considered a legendary Polled Hereford breeder and pioneer for Hereford cattle in the southeast regional and the largest Polled Hereford breeder in Florida.
As President of the Latt Maxcy Corporation, Mr. Wilson was a pioneer in the citrus industry as well. He implemented many techniques that catapulted the company in production, harvesting and environmental application. He was involved in several citrus associations including the Florida Citrus Production Managers Association, Florida Citrus Mutual and served as Vice-President of Citrus Marketing Services for twenty years.
In addition to his contributions to the agricultural industry, Mr. Wilson also assisted young farmers and youth. He held the position of Chairman of the Board of Citizen’s Bank and Trust for 37 years, which provided him the opportunity to assist countless agricultural business owners throughout southeast Polk County. During his tenure, the bank processed a high concentration of agricultural loans. Many students have also benefitted from his generosity and commitment to the promotion of agriculture in Florida. He gave countless opportunities to further education and knowledge by providing many scholarships to students in Polk County. In addition, he gave his time and efforts to FFA and 4-H, hosting events at Crooked Lake Ranch and helping the younger generation prepare for challenges facing future farmers.
Pat Wilson’s professional contributions to Florida agriculture made a positive and lasting effect on the past and future generations. He was a well-respected agricultural leader and a role model for others who are passionate about the agricultural industry.