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Memorial Services Set for Steve Prather
RSS Feeds Wednesday, May 17, 2017
A funeral service for Steven Dean Prather, 59, will be held on Thursday, May 18, at First Baptist Church, 1211 Ave. G, in Eunice, New Mexico. The service will begin at 3 p.m. (MDT).

Mr. Prather died on May 13 in Houston, Texas. He was born in Denver City, Texas, on August 29, 1957, to Paul “Dink” and Bessie Prather.

Mr. Prather had numerous achievements and was a member of various associations, including working along side his father at Chaparral Service Inc. in Eunice until it was sold in 2006. He also was a Master Mason of the Eunice Masonic Lodge since March 1982; served on the Lea County Fair board from October 1988-May 1993; was a member of the state board for the New Mexico Horsemen’s Association in 2005 and ’06; served on the Zia Park Racetrack horsemen’s committee in 2005, and then again from 2011-16; and he served on the New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association board of trustees from 2015-16.

Mr. Prather owned and operated Doubletree Farm and also recently received the Jim Curry Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Mexico Horsemen’s Association for 2016.

Mr. Prather was preceded in death by his father, Paul “Dink” Prather. He is survived by his wife, Susan Prather of Hobbs, New Mexico; children, Adrianne Williams and husband Todd of Lubbock, Texas; Rowdy Prather of Clovis, New Mexico; Russell Pickerel of Eunice, New Mexico; Kevin Pickerel of Midland, Texas; Jarod Pickerel, of Hobbs; his mother, Bessie Prather of Hobbs; two sisters, Stephanie Prather of Alamogordo, New Mexico and Sherry Prather of Eunice; grandchildren, Allison Williams, Alexandria Prather and Reese Williams; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and very special friends.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Cal Farley Boys Ranch, PO Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174, or to the charity of your choice.

In The News

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Nine stakes races, including two restricted to New Mexico-breds, were contested on Zia Park’s Wednesday’s “Land of Enchantment Day” program.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s $1.303-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Jockeys Ry Eikleberry and Roimes Chirinos each rode the winners of two races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.

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