Park & Facility Naming
Rueben Welch Field 1
Rueben Welch is the namesake of Welch Park which is no longer used for baseball. He was a tremendous volunteer in the late 60s and 70s to the Angleton Baseball Association (not sure what is was called back in the day as I was young at the time). His volunteerism was enough at the time that the Park was named after him after he passes away from a sudden heart attack.
Leonard Edwards Field 2
Leonard was a longtime volunteer to youth baseball until he passed away 20-30 years ago. Dad, coach, umpire – he did it all as well as a Lions Club member who was involved in the community. The fields located where the new bus barn is being constructed were named after him.
Sgt. Millard D. "Dee" Campbell Field 3
Dee was an outstanding baseball player growing up in Angleton in the 1980s. He was also nicknamed “Soup”. He was drafted out of Angleton High School to play professional baseball instead. Dee joined the Air Force and was stationed in Saudi Arabia when on June 25, 1996, terrorists exploded a truck bomb at Khobar Towers killing Dee and 18 other members of the US military.
Thomas Warren "Tom" Muecke, Jr. Field 4
Angleton High School graduate of class 1982. Mr. AHS and known as one of the finest human beings you would ever meet. He was a 3 sport all start in High School earning many accolades in football and baseball. He played football at Baylor then went on to the Canadian Football League and then the NFL for a short stint. He later became an eye doctor and tragically passed away on April 23, 2016 from a heart attack.
Abigail Arias Park
Abigail was born on June 28th, 2012 to Ruben and Ilene Arias, along with older brother Ethan Arias. Abigail was a very loving, joyful, and energetic child. At age of 4, Abigail had been diagnosed with stage four Wilms Tumor. Abigail went through a year and a half of treatments. In November of 2018, the family was told that the treatments were not working, Abigail had less than a year left to live, and that the family should savor every moment by making lasting memories.
On February 7, 2019, Abigail was named an honorary Freeport police officer - Officer 758. Abigail's family was contacted by many different law enforcement agencies, first responders, and support groups from around the world. Multiple organizations came to the rescue, gifting the family with memorabilia, toys, and memory making trips to unforgettable places. Abigail's family lived life to the fullest, laughed together, and made many lasting memories over the next nine months until her passing on November 5th, 2019.
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