What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?
“I was part of the Soechting Motors family for over 30 years.This year, I decided to finish my book,”Stir-fry and Grandpa P:Embracing God’s Love.” In addition, I now work for Homesteaders of Texas,Inc. as a realtor.”
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
“Golf, enjoy going to the movies and trying new restaurants, watching my grandson play coach pitch baseball, and marketing my book.”
What city and state were you born?
“I was born and raised right here in Seguin ,Texas at the old hospital on Weinert Street.”
Who are the members of your immediate family?
“Wife- Denise; son- Chad; daughter-in-law, Kylee; Grandson, Grayson”
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
“The passing of a young woman, June, of 73”
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
“Blacklist and The Voice are some of my favorite TV shows. As far as movies, I’ve been watching the Wizard of Oz since childhood and still watch it as an adult.”
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?
“Classic rock, Blues and Jazz, favorite bands would include Huey Lewis and Chicago because of the horns sections. I enjoy Joe Coker, B.W.Stevenson, Lynard Skynrd. My favorite song would probably be Simple Man.”
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?
“Of course Soechting Motors because they are still family to me. I eat at Johnny’s Barbecue a lot, to the point they keep my salad dressing in their fridge. I start my mornings at Court Street Coffee Shop or Su Casa.”
What is something folks may not really know about you?
I’m much more soft -hearted than I appear. 2) I always wanted to own my own restaurant. I love to cook, and I do not use recipes. I just try to create. Now my creations do not always turn out the way I had thought they should, but I keep trying.”
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?
“Since it’s a dinner party, let’s go with Guy Fieri, Giada De Laurentiis ,Bobby Flay, Rachel Ray, and Emeril Lagasse,(BAM) this should be one great meal.”
What are your roles in the community?
“I was very involved in Seguin Little League serving as a board member, coach and umpire for over 10 years. I also umpired high school ball for five.
I also emceed the Seguin Pregnancy Center banquet a few years back. Then I really stepped out of my comfort zone a while back by acting in the production of 12 Angry Men at the Texas Theatre.”
What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
“I currently co-teach an adult Sunday School class at First Baptist Church each quarter.”
What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
1) My marriage to my wife Denise- she is my everything. 2) The birth of my son. 3) Seeing my grandson’s birth. As far as my career it was working hard my entire life,trying to do it the way I thought was correct.”
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
“I believe it’s how the people in our community come together at times of need or times of celebration. Even with my book, the support and love the people in our community have shown is overwhelming. Another major strength is downtown as the renovations unfold before our eyes, and bring back a time of the past which brings back a special charm to downtown.”
“What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
“Right now for me, the new library. I have not had a library card for over thirty years. I now have one. It’s a phenomenal place to check out regularly.”
What are your future plans?
“To promote Seguin, to help individuals find the home of their dreams, to continue to market my book, Stir-fry and Grandpa P Embracing Gods’ Love, but most of all, be a better person each day and to follow God.”
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
“I just challenge everyone to be a more caring/giving person, get involved in a church, a Sunday school class, an organization which you can make a difference in someone’s life, and as my book says, embrace God.”