John May Dies
The Texas horseman had a distinguished role in the racing industry.
By Richard Chamberlain | December 11, 2014
Horseman John L. May of Fort Stockton, Texas, died December 10 at the age of 84.
John was born on January 10, 1930, in Clovis, New Mexico. His parents were Jack and Alice Lawrence May. John married Suzanne (Sue) Hunger on September 22, 1953, and they lived in Fort Stockton for 60 years, deeply involved in a variety of local businesses and community activities.
He was a loving and devoted family man, as well as a landman, independent oil operator, rancher and horseman.
An AQHA Director and longtime participant in American Quarter Horse racing, May was a past president and director of the Quarter Horse Association of West Texas and a member of the Texas Quarter Horse Association.
He and Sue bred and owned American Quarter Horses for more than four decades in racing and cutting, often in Sue’s name. In her own name since 1971, Sue H. May has bred 245 registered American Quarter Horses. Of those, 163 have started races, with 95 coming back as winners, including champion Prospect To The Top, 17 other stakes winners and the earners of more than $3.1 million. Sue May also bred and raced numerous Quarter Horses such as champion Easily Smashed in partnership with others.
May also was involved with the Independent Petroleum Association of America, American Petroleum Association and Permian Basin Landman’s Association.
John is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sue May; son, Doug May of Fort Stockton; daughter, Judy May Wiest and husband Rocco of Fort Stockton; two grandchildren, Chase Wiest and wife JaCinda and Kellie Wiest Young and husband Martin; and 3 great-grandchildren, Rylee Wiest, Cody Young and Parker Young.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 13, at 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Stockton, under the direction of Reverend Dr. Jim Miles.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Stockton (208 N. Oklahoma St., 432-336-3364); the West Texas Boys Ranch; or a charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are being made under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared at heritagefuneralhomeofthebigbend.com.
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