Reagon Lynn Walker,
July 16, 1989 to April 23, 2011
PRCA Steer Wrestler Reagon Walker, died April 23rd, 2011 from injuries suffered from a traffic-accident. Reagon was only 21 years old.
The son to 1981 PRCA World Champion Byron Walker, Reagon, from College Station, Texas along with his girl friend Kaitlyn Larsen, of Weatherford, Texas were traveling to Oklahoma for a National Cutting Horse Association Event when the tragic auto accident occurred on Highway 281 outside Jacksboro, Texas near Dallas. Kaitlyn was taken to a Ft Worth Hospital and now release .
Reagon, a 2008 graduate of Ennis High School joined the Professional Cowboys Association quickly moving his rankings upward. In 2010, Reagon won the Henderson County PRCA Stampede held in Athens, Texas with a 3.5 second score along with a win at the Lions Club PRCA Rodeo, Crockett, Texas. Ranked 82nd in the World Championship for 2010, Reagon qualified for the American ProRodeo Finals in Waco, Texas earning second place and was on the leader board for 2011.
Reagon was one of Texas Youth Rodeo's most decorated competitors earning two All-Around Cowboy titles, Two Champion Steer Wrestling titles and Reserve Championship in Cutting. He attended Weatherford College on a rodeo scholarship before entering the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association.
Playing numerous Defensive position, Reagon was a strong LION with Ennis High School Varsity Football Program. During his attendance, Ennis H. S. earned several titles 2008 Area Champions 11-2, 2007 Bi District Champions, 2006 Bi-District Finalist,
2005 Area Champions, 2004 4A Div I State Champions.
Reagon's love for horses was life long. He loved a well trained horse and worked kindly with them through his training skills. His renewed passion of cutting horses led him to meeting his sole-mate, Kaitlyn Larsen, who shows in the Cutting Horse Circuit. Kaitlyn survived the accident, had just earned Reserve Championship-Classic Non-Pro on April 16th at the Fort Worth NCHA - XTO Energy Super Stakes Cutting Champions .
Reagon leaves behind his beloved mother – Mary Walker, father – Byron Walker, 2 grandmothers – Mickey Walker & Marty Warren, uncle – Danny & Debbie Lynch, 3 aunts – Liz & Kenneth Nolen, Patricia & Lex Hayes and Teddie & Chris Duval, cousins – Chris Lynch, Kim Hermus, Patty Lynch, Little Lex Hays, Keith Hays, Taylor Dobbs, Jewel Duval, and many other cousins. He also leaves behind God-parents Mike & Cindy Blasingame, Mark & Lesa Wallace, and Rip & Cheryl Helton, as well solemate Kaitlyn Larsen along with fellow cowboys and friends, too numerous to count.
Reagon was admired amongst his fellow Cowboys. His memorial services were held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in his hometown of Ennis, Texas on April 26th. His hat, boots and Spurs displayed for the large crowd who gathered paying their respects. A photo show reflected family memories of the life of this wonderful young man.
Kaitlyn Larsen spoke as she held back her tears the best she could about the Cowboy who pursued her stating, "She didn't have time to be involve in a relationship." Kaitlyn was competing with the national cutting horse championships, though Reagon remain persistent. She gave in last year May as they took in a Texas Rangers game for their first date. After three weeks, she knew this wonderful Rodeo Cowboy was her soul mate.
The Rev Joe Howard Williamson, founder of Horsemen for Christ spoke, "I won't come too late. I will not leave too soon. It's not how long or short I was here, but how they will remember me when I'm gone." His procession lead with over a dozen Cowboy's with the music of George Strait "The Cowboy Rides Away," Reagon Lynn Walker will be remembered for his laugh. For his charming smile and kindness. He will be remembered as a true Texan and as an American Cowboy.
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