Local businesses step up to help family in need after loss

Clayton Novak shows his hog at the Parker County Youth Livestock Show on June 13, the day before his father passed away.

After losing his father, Poolville High School senior Clayton Novak sold his hog for $20,000 during the Parker County Livestock Improvement Association’s Livestock Show.

Clayton’s dad, Shon Novak, died at 56 years old of health complications on June 14, just a day after Clayton was showing his swine to judges.

“I was told second-hand that Shon felt bad in the night, and he drove himself to the hospital and actually passed away at the hospital,” PCLIA President Melton Harms said. “[His] cell phone, the only number that was in it was Clayton’s, so the hospital had to call Clayton.”

It had been announced that Clayton Novak’s father had died, which led to buyers offering more to purchase his hog, Harms said.

DOC Homes and Western Star Concrete made the purchase.

“We’re grateful that the Lord has blessed us to be able to do it, first of all,” Western Star Concrete Owner Gabe Salmons said. “I guess I wanted him to know that there are people out there that recognize what he’s done and willing to help him in a time of need.”

“The saying it takes a village takes on a whole new meaning when one of our own is struck with a sudden loss,” DOC Homes said in a post on Facebook. “This year Clayton Novak lost his dad and had the unimaginable task of showing up and standing tall [at the sale on June 15]. Derek Osburn, owner of DOC Homes, and Gabe Salmons, the owner of Western Concrete, took it upon themselves to help out this young man in need. As the showing community knows, the lessons learned caring for an animal last a lifetime. The greatest lesson of all; to help each other when you can because we are all family.”

Shon used to sell watermelon, cantaloupe and other produce to people in Weatherford, Azle and Springtown, Harms said.

“He didn’t sell it for the money, he sold it so he could meet the people,” Harms said.

Shon Novak leaves behind his wife, two sons, daughter and granddaughter.