Mark DeLeon has been farming for 28 years and has been growing peanuts since 2002. In addition to growing runner and Spanish peanuts, DeLeon, with the help of his son Addison when he is home from college, also grows cotton and runs a cow-calf operation.
DeLeon graduated from Erick High School and attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He is currently the chairman of the Northfork Red River Conservation District Board and has been on the Board for the last 10 years. DeLeon also serves on the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan Committee. Additionally, DeLeon has served in multiple capacities on the Elk City Summer Youth and Recreation Board for 15 years and is an active member of the Sayre Church of Christ.
He and his wife, Amy, have been married almost 28 years. Amy is a grant manager at Elk City Schools. Their daughter, Bridget, received her undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University in 2021 and recently graduated with her master’s degree in Speech Pathology from University of Texas-Dallas. In June, Bridget is getting married to Zac Kincanon, who is attending law school at the University of Tulsa. The DeLeon’s son, Addison, is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University and is majoring in Agribusiness. In his free time, DeLeon enjoys snow skiing, quail hunting, watching the Houston Astros and Oklahoma State play, and visiting his children.
“I am honored to be appointed to this position and I look forward to learning more about all of the facets of the peanut industry and sharing that knowledge with my fellow farmers in my area,” DeLeon said. “I am thankful for the progress NPB has made in addressing peanut allergies and hope to play a part in further advancements to help the peanut industry to become even more profitable in the future.”