College of Agriculture


Larry Crabtree

The 2007 College of Agriculture Distinguished Alumni is Lawrence E. Crabtree Jr. Better known as Larry,  Crabtree graduated from the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico in 1967. Larry majored in general agriculture and received a minor in crop production. Crabtree retired in 2003 after serving as an agriculture instructor at Sutter Union High School for 36 years, and head of the department since 1982. During his tenure at Sutter Union High School, the agriculture program turned out 95 FFA State Farmers, 6 American Farmers, and countless leadership contest and proficiency winners. His teaching philosophy made all the difference. “I believe teachers, in order to be affective, must demonstrate themselves as positive, enthusiastic, and caring role models,” stated Crabtree.

It is clear that Crabtree’s teaching philosophy and moral fiber enable him to be not only an effective educator, but an advocate for agriculture. “Mr. Crabtree is an outstanding professional who always fulfills his commitments to the school district, students, and community and has undoubtedly won the respect of his students, department, and community because of such selfless dedication,” said Mr. Wayne Gadberry, superintendent of the Sutter Union High School District.

Larry Crabtree’s contribution to Sutter High School and the agriculture community is unparalleled. “Larry has had a major impact on the lives of many young people, students who have chosen a career in agriculture and agriculture leadership due to his positive teaching methods,” shared G.M. Skip King, CEO of the Yuba-Sutter Fair. Larry began his career with a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of students, the Future Farmers of America, and even today that passion is still alive. “In my thirty years of working with community leaders, I can say without hesitation that few individuals have the character traits that Larry Crabtree possesses,” said Skip. “He is a credit to his teaching profession, Sutter High School, and the Yuba-Sutter Community.”