Joel David Sugg, 83, of San Angelo, TX passed away peacefully on May 1, 2023.
Growing up, Joel split his time between West Texas and Southern California. He graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth and earned a B.A. in psychology and sociology from Southern Methodist University. He worked as a researcher in the mental health field, where he studied the issues confronting Native Americans. He also worked for Great American Life Insurance. Later in his career, he worked with his beloved brother Calvin to manage their family ranching interests in the San Angelo area.
Joel dedicated his life to public service, philanthropy, and his friends and family. The legacy of his dedication to others is apparent throughout Tom Green County and beyond and is exemplified through leadership roles Joel held in many community organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Mertzon for over 50 years; as President of the Board of Trustees of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, where he helped transform the museum into the award-winning community centerpiece that it is today; and as Secretary of the Tom Green County Library Board of Directors, facilitating the relocation and modernization of the library. Near and dear to Joel's heart was his service on the Texas State Volunteer Services Council, where he was able to use his training to enhance the lives of people with mental disabilities across the state of Texas. Joel was recognized throughout Texas for his community contributions. In 1989, the Texas House of Representatives awarded Joel the Commissioner's Award for Volunteer service, and in 2000, the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce chose Joel, along with Suzanne, Cal and Donna Sugg, as Citizens of the Year in recognition of their involvement with the opening of the new San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and Education Center.
Everyone enjoyed Joel's sharp wit and intellect, as well as his ability to put any problem into perspective. He was best friend to many. Joel was happiest at his West Texas ranch where he was always the consummate host.
While Joel's accomplishments were many, nothing was more important to him than the love he had for his family.
He is survived by Suzanne, his wife of nearly 54 years; brother Calvin (Donna); children Erin, Michael (Dorothy), Penelope, Joel Christopher, and Julia (Joshua); 8 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren, all of whom will miss him dearly. He was predeceased by his parents, Calvin Holt and Dora Mapes Sugg.
A private family graveside service was held on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, the Tom Green County Library, or the charity of your choice.