Church Point farmer selected as newest SLEMCO board member
Southwest Louisiana Electric Membership Corporation officials announced Friday the selection of Church Point farmer and long-time Acadia Parish school bus driver Merlin Young to a seat on the SLEMCO Board of Directors.
Young replaces Remie McGee, also of Church Point, who retired at the end of January after 19 years of service to SLEMCO and its nearly 100,000 member families in Acadiana.
Young is one of two SLEMCO members from Acadia Parish who serve on the electric cooperative’s board. The other is Bryan G. Leonards Sr., a farmer and publisher from Crowley, who has been a member of the board for two and a half years.
The newest SLEMCO Board member and his wife, Helen, live at 2493 Britany Highway, Church Point. They have been SLEMCO members for nearly 40 years.
Raised on a farm, Young has been a farmer and a rancher for many years. He has farmed rice, corn, wheat, soybeans and milo. He has raised cattle and crawfish, too. He worked for the Acadia Parish Farm Services Agency in Crowley in the 1990s and the St. Landry Parish Farm Services Agency in Opelousas from 1999 to 2003. A former “Young Farmer and Rancher of the Year” in 1973, Young served on the Acadia Parish Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the Rice Growers Association Board and the Bayou Plaquemine Wykoff Drainage District Board. He was construction supervisor for the drainage district for 12 years. He was a legislative assistant for Dale Sittig of Eunice for 12 years when Sittig served in the Louisiana House of Representatives. And he has served as a member of the SLEMCO nominating committee numerous times.
Young has been employed by the Acadia Parish School Board to drive a school bus in the Church Point area for more than 17 years.
The Youngs have two daughters, Melissa Faye Young Lyons of Jennings and Stacey Ann Young Deshotel of Vidrine; two sons, Gregory Paul Young of Church Point and Justin Mark Young of Lewisburg; and 10 grandchildren.