Bobby Sykes Dies

Horseman Bobby Sykes died March 15.

Q-Racing Journal

Bobby Sykes died March 15.

Horseman Bobby R. Sykes, of Eldorado, Texas, died on March 15.

Sykes was born to O.C. and Kate Sykes on December 3, 1928, in Ballinger, Texas. He attended Ballinger High School and Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, graduating in the Class of 1950. He married the love of his life, Pat West, in June 1951. He served his country in the United States Army with the 594th Field Artillery Battalion in Germany until early 1953.

Following his service, he returned to Texas to raise his children and begin his ranching career with his father and brother. Known as “Pa” to his children, Sykes was a devout Christian and sought to serve the Lord. His life passions were God, family and friends, ranching and Texas A&M. Sykes loved ranching and was a steward of God's creation. He thoroughly enjoyed caring for that which was entrusted to him. He was in his element when he was working the land, cattle, horses, sheep, goats, hunting, being with his grandchildren and almost always while telling a good story. He succeeded in instilling in his children and grandchildren the importance of hard work and that God comes first. His answer when facing life's uncertainties was always to trust the Lord. In addition to serving his family, he dedicated part of his life volunteering for his church, city, school board and fellow cattlemen, horsemen and sheep and goat raisers. There were few things that he enjoyed more or took more seriously than leading his young men’s Sunday school class, as he did for many years at First Baptist Church of Eldorado.

Sykes was an AQHA life member and served as an AQHA director from 1980 to 1992, and served terms on both the stud book and registration committee and the racing committee in the 1980s and 90s.

He bred horses for 40 years under his own name and that of his Sykes Ranch, and counted among them were five-time stakes winner Talented Lady ($53,436), who among her races won the 1970 Sunland Park Fall Futurity (now G2), as well as stakes winners Milady Lynn and Tiny Dare and stakes-placed runner Ida Red Raffles.

In their later years, God sent Pat and Bob an angel named Rosa Martinez, and the family thanks her for the dedicated love and care she provided to them.

Sykes was preceded in death by his wife, Pat; two infant children; his parents; and his brother, Bill.

He is survived by his sons, Robert Sykes and wife, Lisa, and their three sons, Reed, Nathan and Grant; Steve Sykes and wife, Ann, and their three children, Clint and his wife, Lindsay, Clayton and Stevie McBride and her husband, Heston; by two great-grandchildren, Tagan and Brayd, children of Clint and Lindsay Sykes; and by his sister-in-law, Mary Sykes, niece Alison and nephews Ted and Tom.

The family sincerely thanks all of the health care providers who assisted in caring for Pa.

Sykes was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger, Texas.

Should anyone desire to make a donation in lieu of flowers, First Baptist Church of Eldorado and Hospice of San Angelo are suggested. Condolences can be made at

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