In Memory of Mr. Wayne Nattress
Mr. Wayne Nattress, also known as "Mr. FFA", left a legacy of service and humility for his 50 plus years in agricultural education and FFA leadership. Mr. Nattress is remembered in many ways, but especially for boldly breathing life into the Iowa FFA Foundation in 1986. Until his retirement in 2010, he worked tirelessly toward the FFA’s mission of encouraging youth to pursue careers and leadership roles within the agricultural industry. His vision of developing and constructing the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, IA, became a reality and stands as a physical testament to the many ways that Wayne positively impacted students and all those he encountered.
In addition to Wayne’s work at the Foundation, he served as Iowa FFA Advisor from 1982-1991 following 19 years as a high school vocational agriculture instructor and FFA advisor at Buffalo Center and Palmer High Schools. Throughout his career, he witnessed and supported the evolution of agricultural education and FFA to not only educate and train farm boys, but to develop young men and women into the leaders of tomorrow.
The Iowa FFA Foundation Staff and Board of Directors are deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Nattress' passing. We are grateful to Mr. Nattress for his 25 years of service to the Foundation and are honored to help carry on Wayne’s legacy.
Mr. Nattress requested that memorials in remembrance of him be utilized to support his passion of FFA member leadership development conferences at the FFA Enrichment Center. Those who wish to support these efforts may utilize either of the options below. Questions regarding the specific memorial designation may be directed to Betsy Ratashak-Vogel at [email protected].
To contribute via check:
checks made out to the Iowa FFA Foundation (be sure to include "Wayne
Nattress Memorial" in the memo line) to:
Iowa FFA Foundation
Attn: Wayne Nattress Memorial
1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy.
Ankeny, IA 50023
To contribute via credit/debit card or digital wallet, complete the donation form below.