Martin Kledzik

Very early on after I joined LEC a number of years ago, I heard the name T.J.Couch being used frequently. Apparently, he had a lot to do with the LEC and was on the Board of Trustees.

It wasn’t until some years later that I met T.J. in action one hot summer day at LEC. I joined a number of volunteers to help beautify the building by pulling weeds, planting some ornamentals and scattering mulch. As several of us were raking and pulling weeds under what seemed like a 100-degree sun, a pickup pulling a trailer magically appeared at the right time. A big guy wearing long pants, a long-sleeved shirt with a neck scarf, a large brimmed hat, and sunglasses stepped out of the truck. He walked to the back and lowered the rear gate of the trailer. The 3 yards of mulch were held down by wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, and push brooms. As he pulled down the first wheelbarrow, I thought I heard him say, “Gentlemen, start your engines.”

When someone said, “Hey T.J,” I turned my head and realized that the prominent shaker and mover of the LEC was indeed one of us. Since then, I have met T.J. several times and was impressed by how quiet a man he really is. He knew when to speak up and when to just move into action. No fanfare. Just, “Let’s do it.” From painting, mending the roof, or trimming trees, T.J. was always there to lend his support.

I’ve had the pleasure to serve on the Board of Trustees for about a year and I admire how T.J. helped the Board move things forward. He has been an integral part of LEC and is irreplaceable, and will be sorely missed.

I am proud to have served with him.

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