[caption id="attachment_4816" align="aligncenter" width="200"]FUW president Gareth Vaughan - left - congratulates John Price on being selected as a life member in March 2007. FUW president Gareth Vaughan - left - congratulates John Price on being selected as a life member in March 2007.[/caption]

The death has occurred of Farmers' Union of Wales life member John Price, a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies (FRAgS) and former president of the union's Carmarthenshire county branch.

Mr Price, of Dafadfa Isaf, Gwynfe, near Llangadog, died, aged 72, at Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen, on Tuesday July 6. He leaves his wife, two children and five grandchildren.

Mr Price ran a 144-acre hill farm where he kept beef cattle and sheep. He also rented 66 acres of land and had grazing rights on the Black Mountain.

After leaving school in 1953, he worked on the family farm with his late father until 1968 when he went to assist with the running of the Earl of Ducie's estate in South Gloucestershire. He returned to Dafadfa Isaf in 1981.

Club chairman of Gwynfe YFC in 1960 and secretary of the East Carmarthen Lamb Group, he started taking part in FUW activities in 1983 when he became Carmarthenshire county delegate on the union's national livestock, wool and marts committee and maintained a regular attendance until his death.

He was the committee's chairman from 1991 to 1996, Carmarthenshire county executive committee vice chairman and chairman from 1989 to 1993 and county president from 1993 to 1995.

Between 1993 and 2004 he represented Carmarthenshire on the South Wales regional committee of the British Wool Marketing Board and served as its chairman in 1994-95. From 1991 to 2002 he was a member of the National Sheep Association's Wales committee.

Since 1993 he has been a member of the Wales Land Tribunal Panel and chairman of Gwynfe Show committee twice (1997-1998 and 2003 to date). In 2003 he was made an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies (ARAgS) for his contribution to farming and the rural community and became a Fellow in 2008.

He was made an FUW life member in 2007. "John's contribution to the FUW, agriculture and his local community has been exceptional and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him," said the union's Carmarthenshire county executive officer Meinir Bartlett.

The funeral will take place on Monday July 12 when a public service at Capel Maen, Gwynfe, at 1.15pm will be followed by a cremation service at Llanelli Crematorium at 3.30pm. Family flowers only but donations in lieu for Towy Ward, Glangwili Hospital, can be made via Bryan Williams, Coach and Horses, Manordeilo, tel: 01550 777441.