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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

Saturday, June 24, 2017
A field of 10 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds, topped by morning-line favorite Stormin The Jewels and defending champion Citizen Geller, has been entered in Saturday’s 7-furlong, $60,000 O.D. McDonald Handicap (R), the opening-night feature at Albuquerque Downs.
Friday, June 23, 2017
On The Low Down, a stakes-winning chestnut son of Dome, is one of 10 New Mexico-bred juveniles entered in Saturday’s 5-furlong, $141,382 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Gary W. Harstack’s Daddys Blushing, the fifth-fastest qualifier, kept his perfect record intact with a wire-to-wire, half-length win in Saturday’s $392,554 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs.
Friday, June 16, 2017
The New Mexico Racing Commission on Thursday approved 2018 race dates for the state’s five tracks.




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