Doug Hardcastle

AQHA lifetime member and 20-year cumulative breeder Doug Hardcastle died April 6.

Dignity Memorial

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

Doug Hardcastle, 82, of Odessa, Texas, passed away at Odessa Regional Medical Center surrounded by family on April 6. Hardcastle was born in Concho, Texas, on April 2, 1936, to Harvey J. and Clara Giles Hardcastle.

In 1987, Doug married his wife, Chris, who is an AQHA director-at-large and judge. She also serves on the AQHA Ranching Committee. Doug was a rancher, a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association, Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers and past president of many regional equine associations. His passions were his family, cutting horses and making bits and spurs. He was also an AQHA 20-year cumulative breeder.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Sammie Jo Hardcastle and Laverne Hoestenbach. He is survived by his wife Chris, son Sam (Julie) Hardcastle, daughter Annell (Jerry) Udy, grandchildren Austin Hardcastle, Charlie Ann Hardcastle, Pate Cribbs, Jody (Shawna) Richards, Randi (Graham) Schooley, Danna (Andrew) Stark and Josh Udy, 14 great-grandchildren and sister Dorothy Snowden.

His celebration of life is at 2 p.m. on April 21 at the L7 Ranch, 16001 FM 3503, Odessa, TX 79766. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Quarter Horse Foundation, 1600 Quarter Horse Drive, Amarillo, TX 79104.