Kenneth W. (Ken) Paxton, 74, passed away at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, in the ICU at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital after a valiant fight with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was born August 4, 1942, in Clinton, and grew up in Slaughter. He attended Slaughter Elementary, Zachary High, and LSU, receiving both a bachelor's and master's degree from LSU. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1971 and immediately thereafter accepted a position as assistant professor at LSU. While in high school, he was very active in FFA which greatly influenced his choice of careers. He continued employment in the LSU Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness for the next 40 years until his retirement as professor emeritus in 2011, including department head from 1996 to 1999. In 2011 he was named the LSU College of Agriculture's Outstanding Alumnus. He was active in numerous college, campus, and professional organizations, holding officer positions in Alpha Zeta, Gamma Sigma Delta, the American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers, Red Stick Forestry Association, the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, and the American Agricultural Economics Association. He served as local arrangements coordinator for the AAEA national meeting at LSU in 1990. His main area of research was the economics of cotton production; he authored more than 200 articles and publications. At LSU, he also served two terms on the Faculty Senate, including one term as president. Other organizations in which he was involved, including holding elected office, were Cadets of the Ole War Skule, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and the LSU Retired Faculty & Staff Club. He was an active member of the Downtown Kiwanis club where he was serving as Vice-President and preparing for this year's pancake breakfast. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and the Krewe of Tucumcari. In addition to his LSU activities, he served for many years on the Board of Campus Federal Credit Union, including two terms as chairman. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, serving as both a deacon and elder. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, gardening, and watching LSU football. He is survived by his wife of 47 years Libby Paxton, daughter Julie Paxton Sullivan, granddaughter Alex Olivia Sullivan, brother Roy K. Paxton and his fiancé Nyki Lane, and several cousins including Shirley Stirling, Taylor Croom, Connie Adams, and Carmen Harold. He was preceded in death by his father Tom Paxton, mother Helen Croom Paxton, brother Tommy Lynn Paxton, sister-in-law Annette LeFeaux Paxton, mother-in-law Edith Coppinger, and son-in-law Tim Sullivan. We would like to thank the staffs at OLOL, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, MD Anderson, the OLOL critical care team, Dr. Scott Wharton, Dr. Harold Clausen, and Dr. Bryan Bienvenu for their phenomenal care. Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government Street, Friday, August 26, from 5 to 8 p.m., and will continue on Saturday, August 27, at First Presbyterian Church, 763 North Boulevard, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with religious services at 1 p.m., conducted by Rev. Gerrit Dawson. Interment will follow at Redwood Baptist Cemetery in Slaughter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LSU Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness scholarship fund.
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