Respected grain grower Lyndon Pfeffer from 2009.
Respected grain grower Lyndon Pfeffer from 2009. File

Tributes for respected grain grower after fatal crash

THE Darling Downs is reeling from the loss of one its best and brightest, following the death of Pampas farmer Lyndon Pfeffer on Friday afternoon.

Lyndon's passing in the Princess Alexandra Hospital, surrounded by his immediate family, compounded the tragedy of the December 27 Gore Hwy truck collision in which he was critically injured.

Helidon seven-year-old Ryan Pringle was also killed and his father Ben injured in the incident that occurred just over a month ago.

Lyndon, 62, lived all his life in the Pampas district and played an integral role in the Millmerran and Pittsworth communities.

But admiration for the third generation grain farmer was not limited to the region he called home - his roles with agricultural bodies AgForce and Graingrowers earned him respect from his peers on both a state and national level.

AgForce Queensland president Georgie Somerset said Lyndon's death was "a huge loss" for the sector, noting that he would be greatly missed.

Ryan Pringle, 7 died in a crash involving two trucks.
Ryan Pringle, 7 died in a crash involving two trucks. Facebook

"Rural industry relies on people stepping into leadership and that's something Lyndon wasn't afraid of doing," Ms Somerset said.

She said Lyndon's involvement in innumerable community organisations "was the mark of the man" and something that rural communities relied on.

"He was never averse to looking for ways industry could do things better and is respected right across the country. I think his insight and his perspective on things will be greatly missed... especially in his local district."

Locally, he was the past president of the Australian Camp Oven Festival, past chairman of the Millmerran Lutheran Church and treasurer of the Pittsworth Parish Church.

Other roles have included past president of AgForce Grains, past president of the Millmerran Bowls Club, secretary of the Pampas Hall Committee and he spent 37 years as the Pampas Fire Warden.

Truck driver Ben Pringle, 31, is in a serious condition in hospital. (Facebook image)
Truck driver Ben Pringle, 31, is in a serious condition in hospital. (Facebook image)

He also served as president of the Millmerran Show Society and the Central Downs Graingrowers Association, and was the inaugural president of the Pittsworth and Millmerran Junior Cricket Association, as well as the club's patron.

Former Agforce Grains president Wayne Newton came to know Lyndon over their many years working together.

"Lyndon was a well-respected farmer in that Pampas area, a good operator, and a lot of people have been truly shocked by the accident and he will be sadly missed by the wider community for sure," Mr Newton said.

The Pfeffer family said in a statement they would like to thank the community for their ongoing support since the incident.



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