Valton Rohr Hoffman was born June 22, 1940 to Frank and Ollie Hoffman. He grew up in the Benoit community of Runnels County. He was very active in 4-H Clubs and held all offices in the County 4-H Club. He was a Gold Star Boy in 1956. His feeding projects included sheep, hogs and rabbits and won over 100 ribbons in seven years of his work.
After graduating Ballinger High School in 1958, he went on to attend Tarleton State College and graduated with an Associate Degree in Agriculture. He married Earlene Pearse in Ballinger in 1960. He continued his education at Texas A&M and graduated with an Agriculture Education Degree in 1963. While attending college he was blessed with the birth of his son, Mark Duane Hoffman, on September 9, 1961. After his Texas A&M graduation he went to work for the Extension Service as Assistant County Agent in Amarillo, Texas. In 1965 he transferred to the Soil Conservation Services in Spur and was deemed the Most Outstanding Conservation Planning Technician in the Spur Work Unit.
On March 4, 1967 his blessing continued with the birth of his daughter, Scharla Renea Hoffman. He then moved to Brownwood, Texas and started a custom hay hauling business that changed the way hay was hauled with a pickup and trailer and many other farmers quickly adopted this method because of its success. In 1973 he moved over 92,000 square bales of hay which was an exceptional accomplishment at that time.
He married Rosa Calhoun and enjoyed many years together at the farm in Talpa. In 1980 he formed Eagle Express Trucking and had as many as four trucks operating, hauling livestock feed and plastic products all over the United States. He traveled through 38 states which allowed him to experience many places, activites and sights that could only have been done from a truck.
In 1998 he incorporated a farming and ranching operation with Barbara Simmons of Santa Anna. She became his life partner and provided him with some of the best years of his life. They started a commercial calf-cow operation that grew to 50 head of excellent cows. Through the years, outstanding ranching accomplishments were achieved in both the Santa Anna and Talpa farms. He partnered with his son on the Talpa farm to start a commercial herd of boer goats that numbered up to as many as 200 nannies. Their goat accomplishments were having 30 show ribbons and exporting some groups to Canadian universities to they could work on developing better boer goat herds.
A visitation for family and friends of Valton Hoffmann of Coleman County will be Wednesday, March 29, from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon at Henderson Funeral Home of Santa Anna.
Funeral service will be Thursday, March 30, at 11:00 am at Norwood Cemetery, west of Talpa, on County Road 157.