Jim D. Pitts Dies

Jim D. Pitts Dies

Texas owner and breeder Jim D. Pitts passed away June 9.

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Jim Dale Pitts, 82, of Wichita Falls passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Owens and Brumley Funeral Home in Wichita Falls.  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in the Chapel of Owens and Brumley Funeral Home in Wichita Falls with Reverend Mike Rucker officiating.  Interment will follow at Crestview Memorial Park.

Jim was born on May 14, 1937, in Wichita Falls to the late Elmer Dudley and Quanita Jewell (Stone) Pitts.  Jim was a graduate of Wichita Falls High School, Tyler Junior College, and Midwestern University.  He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.  Jim owned and operated Pitts Ready Mix for over 40 years.  

Jim had a keen eye for picking good horses.  He was very successful raising Quarter Horses for racing, and owned several champions, including racing in partnership the 2000 All American Futurity (G1) winner Eyesa Special, who was that year’s champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old colt. 

He raised the earners of more than $2.6 million, including six-figure earners Kasca ($129,895), Myster Quick Fix ($109,896), Eyesa La Tac ($121,107), No Dice Special ($162,610), Valiant War Hero ($127,012), Valiant Valor ($112,977) and Sudden Thoughts ($437,115). 

Jim resided in Burkburnett for 25 years, and in Wichita Falls for 20 years.  He will be remembered as having a heart of gold, always helping anyone that needed it.

Jim is survived by his wife of 49 years, La Dena Pitts of Wichita Falls; son William Morrow Pitts of Burkburnett; daughter Renee Wright of Burkburnett; son Jimmy D. Pitts III of Wichita Falls; grandsons Dillon Stone, Dakota Stone, and Dayton Pitts; granddaughters Brittany Lee, Bailey Hutchinson, and Tessa Pitts; as well as sisters Betty Peterson and husband Carroll of Van Alstyne, and Connie Vess of Florida.