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Family uses truck and tractor pull to honor late father, raise funds toward a cure

July 18, 2019 07:26 PM

ARGYLE - The Lufkin family was getting revved up Thursday for an annual event to raise money for cancer research.

They hold a tractor pull every year on their land in Argyle. Hundreds of people participate and it's all in memory of Carl Lufkin, who was a leader in the community before he lost a 23-year battle with cancer.

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Saturday will be the tenth annual Carl Lufkin Pull for a Cure. Carl passed away in 2008 and it's still hard for his family to talk about.

"We lost my dad in," said Scott Lufkin, his voice trailing off as he takes a moment to gather his thoughts. "In 2008, we lost my dad, I wanted to do something."

Scott Lufkin says his family was already into tractor pulling so they turned their grief into doing good.

"It kind of made me angry when we lost him. So we wanted to raise some money, raise some awareness."

They've done both, donating more than $150,000 toward a cure, and now offer a wide variety of pull classes, including trucks like Dan Komarony's.

Dan says the pull is a great time and helps honor a pillar of the community.

"He was a great guy. I'm glad I knew him. He was one of the best men I've ever known. He would do things just out of his heart."

Carl Lufkin operated an excavating business in town, was Argyle Town Supervisor, highway superintendent, a volunteer firefighter, and a founding member of the emergency squad.

Scott Lufkin is hoping for a big crowd Saturday to raise money in his father's name.

"The more we can do, the better job we're doing in his memory."

The Pull for a Cure starts at 10 Saturday morning and admission is $10 per person or $30 for a carload.

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Mark Mulholland

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