Donnie Strickland Dies

Donnie Strickland Dies

The longtime horseman and trainer of All American Futurity winner Streakin Flyer was 67.

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Longtime horseman Donnie Strickland of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, died on September 25. He was 67.

Strickland was born on April 17, 1955, in Fair Oaks, North Carolina, to Ethel Lee (Stallings) Strickland and Patrick Royal Strickland. He was a member of the Blue Ribbon Fellowship Church.

From 1994-2020, Strickland trained the winners of 690 Quarter Horse races from 4,464 starters, and his starters earned $9,802,235. He trained Streakin Flyer, a gelded son of Strawfly Special racing for Southern Rose Ranch, to win the 1996 All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. Strickland's other more prominent Quarter Horse starters included 1997 All American Futurity (G1) runner-up Flys R Droppin, 1998 Remington Park Futurity (G1) winner Flying Dino, and Grade 1 winners Game Streaker and Feature Jess Rockin.

Strickland is survived by a son, Donnie Lee Strickland II and partner, Raudy Maxwell of Perryville, Arkansas; daughter Darby Duncan and partner, Kirksy Nixon of Cameron, Oklahoma; grandchildren Kylee Strickland, Kolton Wann, and Kruz Nixon; twin brother Ronnie Leland Strickland of Selma, North Carolina; brother George David Strickland of Benson, North Carolina; and numerous other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, at Agent Mallory Martin Chapel in Sallisaw. The Strickland family will have a visitation dinner before the service at 4:30  at The Home Place at Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Home.