“I just want what’s best for our community,” said Justin Millburg in accepting this year’s Citizen of the Year award during Irish Days on Saturday evening, June 12, in downtown Farmersville.
He was introduced by the previous Citizen of the Year, Donna Krager, who was honored in 2019. Krager thanked everyone for honoring her that year and all those who make small communities thrive.
“When everyone volunteers their time and talents, that’s what keeps small towns going,” Krager said before quoting the lyrics to the John Mellencamp song, “Small Town.”
In recognizing Millburg, Krager read a nomination letter submitted to this year’s committee.
“Citizen of the year isn’t a recognition of exemplary contributions made by one citizen in one year,” she said. “It’s one year of recognition for a citizen who has always made exemplary contributions.”
The nominators highlighted Millburg’s experience as a coach for more than 20 years, for a variety of sports, including basketball, baseball, soccer, t-ball and softball.
“Not only has Justin played the part of coach, he’s been the hand up, the confidant, the voice of reason and compassion most never see,” Krager read. “But in the end, he’s the coach that made you better.”
Krager also talked about his work with the Sports Association, helping in the concession stands, the goals, the backstops and anything that needed to be done.
“Even his career is defined by his character,” Krager read. “His work ethic, inspiring, and as with most things, he sets the standard.”
She added that he helps with The Gym, mowing the grass, water issues, Irish Days, Christmas tree lighting, movie in the park events and more.
“As with most topics, the list is too long to put into one nomination letter,” Krager read. “In short, the town would be lost without him.”
Millburg resides in Farmersville with his wife, Beth, and their children, Tanner and Taren.
“Once he was told that he and Beth had raised great kids,” Krager said. “His response was that it takes a village to raise these kids and any kids raised in this village were great.”