Larry Trapp was born on June 27, 1955, to Hershel (John) and Mary Trapp of Jackson Township. He attended Camden Elementary School and graduated from DCHS in 1973.
He spent a year studying agriculture at Purdue University before returning to the home farm. He began farming with his father and uncle when he was 19 years old. Trapp returned to Purdue to attend the Winter Short Course in 1976. The Trapp farming operation was a corn, soybean, wheat operation that later added popcorn as a specialty crop. The livestock operation was a farrow-to-finish operation that later changed to a contract finishing operation in the late 1990s. He also maintains a small herd of cows for 4-H projects.
He is a proud third generation Carroll County farmer and a second generation Hall of Fame recipient. Trapp has always been very involved in the community, and he took his father’s and grandfather’s advice to get involved and “make your world a little bit better than it was before you came into it.” He has served on many local and national boards. He has served as president of the Carroll County Extension Board, the 4-H Exhibit Association and the Carroll County Pork Producers. He served a three-year term on the Indiana Pork Producers Executive Board as well as being on the National Federation Council.
He has been very active with the Camden Little League baseball program as well as the Jackson Township Park Board and Camden Community Club. He was instrumental in helping secure Indiana Packers Corporation to Carroll County through his involvement with the Carroll County Redevelopment Commission. Trapp served on the 4-H Community Building Committee that helped get this facility constructed in the late 1970s. He currently serves on the task force for the Leadership Carroll County program.
One of his best memories is the Carroll County relief effort he and a few others initiated for Warsaw, Ill., a small farming community that was overwhelmed by a flood in 1993. Trapp is a member of Delphi United Methodist Church and recently traveled with his family and three other members of his church to Gautier, Miss., to help rebuild homes that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
Trapp and his wife, Susan, have been married for 18 years and have two children: Nathan, a junior at DCHS; and April, a sophomore. Susan is a first grade teacher at Camden Elementary school. Trapp said he is most thankful for and proud of his family and doesn’t know where he would be without them.
February 11, 2010
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