Hugh Lynn Pitts Jr. was born on May 6, 1958, and passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the age of 60. He suffered a heart attack while flying home from vacationing in Mexico. His last days were spent fishing with friends and enjoying life.
Hugh was born in Houston, Texas, to Hugh Sr. and Aniela (Goldthwaite) Pitts. The second oldest of four children, he grew up with sister Linda and brothers, Frank and Jeff. In the early 1960’s, Hugh Sr. used his signing bonus from the Houston Oilers football team to purchase his first piece of property in East Texas. The siblings worked alongside their dad on the properties that he would purchase, improve and sell. They spent the weekends hunting and fishing. Hugh attended Cypress Fairbanks High School and studied Ag Business at Blinn Junior College. He inherited his father’s love of football and was a two-year starter for the TCU Horned Frogs, dad’s alma mater. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and graduated from TCU’s Ranch Management program, Class of ’82.
Hugh met his wife Leslie while attending TCU. Married for 32 years, they have worked together raising commercial beef cattle and maintaining a hunt club on the family’s ranch on the west side of Paso Robles. Hugh took great pride in raising two beautiful daughters, Adelaida and Devon. Their family enjoyed attending TCU games together “Go Frogs”, spending time with family and friends on the ranch, and traveling to Texas to visit family.
Hugh began his real estate career in 1987 and had become a top-producing Broker Associate with RE/MAX Parkside Real Estate. Known for his extensive knowledge of “dirt” as Hugh would simply put it, he specialized in large ranch and vineyard sales on the west side. Hugh earned several awards for his outstanding achievements in real estate and his involvement in the community. He received the 2008 “Freddy of the Year” award for Outstanding Service to Agriculture and the Farm Bureau. He was a dedicated member of the SLO County Farm Bureau for over 30 years, serving on the Board of Directors. He was actively involved in the Foundation for Ag Awareness, which donated college scholarships for CMSF participants and the CA Mid-State Fair Heritage Foundation, supporting the 4-H livestock auction. He was awarded 2016 “Agriculturalist of the Year” and has been instrumental in SLO County Williamson Act Review Committee and the Adelaida Land Owners Protective Association. Hugh was the key organizer for many events and fundraisers including the Annual Crab Feed, the Paso Robles Trail Ride, the Best of the West Antique Equipment Show, and the RE/MAX Annual Client Appreciation BBQ. Hugh donated countless hours of his time and gave selflessly to better the world around him. In 2016 he received “Roblan of the Year” recognizing his outstanding dedication to the community he loved.
Friends and colleagues alike knew they could always count on Hugh. He was always ready to offer a helping hand in his quiet, self-assured way. He was a true gentleman and left you with the feeling that there was nothing he couldn’t accomplish. Hugh cultivated lifelong friendships and was truly an exceptional person.
Hugh is survived by his wife, Leslie, his two daughters Adelaida and Devon, his mother Aniela Pitts, sister Linda Pitts, brother Frank Pitts and nephew Gage Pitts. He is preceded in death by father Hugh Lynn Pitts, Sr. and brother Jeffrey.
A memorial service will be held on Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Paso Pavilion in Paso Robles Event Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the CA Mid State Fair Heritage Foundation – Capital Improvement Fund. Address: CMSF Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 8, Paso Robles, CA, 93447. Phone 805-238-3745. A scholarship fund has also been set up at TCU under Hugh Pitts Memorial Scholarship.
You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com. Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough Ave. San Antonio, TX. 210-227-8221.