Dedicated Lockyer Valley farmer dies in tractor incident

Lockyer Valley farmer David Jackwitz died after an incident while bailing hay on his Gatton Laidley Rd property.
Lockyer Valley farmer David Jackwitz died after an incident while bailing hay on his Gatton Laidley Rd property. Photo Contributed

A LIFE dedicated to farming came to a tragic end when Lockyer Valley man David Jackwitz died while bailing hay.

The 77-year-old's death has come as a shock to his family and the Laidley community in which he spent his entire life.

Mr Jackwitz's passing has also highlighted the danger many farmers deal with every day, the possibility something will go wrong and there won't be anyone around to help.

Police believe Mr Jackwitz may have suffered a medical episode which caused him to lose control of his Massey Ferguson tractor while he was bailing on his Gatton-Laidley Rd property on Saturday evening.

The tractor then did a series of loops, crashing into a post and barbed wire fence before catching on fire.

Mr Jackwitz's brother-in-law Cec Maroske said Mr Jackwitz was a bachelor who lived alone on the property which had previously belonged to his parents.

It was part of the reason his body and the burnt tractor were not discovered until a sharefarmer went looking for him shortly before 4pm Sunday.

"All he did was farm," Mr Maroske said.

"He kept to himself and led a quiet life."

Mr Maroske and his wife Valmae had hosted Mr Jackwitz at their Laidley home for dinner every night for the past 20 years.

"He voiced his opinion about the government and everyone in authority in no uncertain terms."

He said Mr Jackwitz had come over for dinner on Saturday evening, leaving about 5.45pm to go home and check whether or not conditions suited bailing hay that night.

Laidley police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Jim McDonald said a witness saw the fire from a distance about 8.30pm on Saturday, but did not think there was anything untoward so did not report it.

A post mortem examination is being conducted to confirm the cause of Mr Jackwitz's death.

Funeral arrangements will be made once the process is complete.

Workplace Health and Safety officers are investigating the incident.

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