Joe Caldwell Dies

Horseman Joseph Caldwell died June 18.

Quarter Racing Journal

Horseman Joeseph Caldwell died June 18.

Joseph P. Caldwell, avid horseman, fisherman, poker player, and world traveler left this earth on Saturday, June 18, surrounded by family that adored him.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, on August 8, 1930, he spent the great majority of his life in Southern California raising his three children with the great love of his life, Beverly.

Although he accomplished everything he strove for in life, he would tell you that his greatest accomplishment was still being madly in love with the woman he swept off her feet 61 years ago.

Horses were another of the great loves of his life. He began raising and running Quarter Horses in 1976, and it was a dream come true for him.

He bred horses for more than 20 years, and bred horses who earned more than $1.1 million on the racetrack. They were led by Grade 1 winners Mitowilard ($520,794) and Prima LD ($297,153), as also included stakes winners Timsarah ($55,143) and Mito Joe Two ($35,468).

His cantankerous spirit and love for animals was infectious. His children and grandchildren will never forget the valuable life lessons learned from him: 

  • Let a dog (or two) share your bed
  •  A puppy is the perfect gift
  • And of course, his favorite…ALWAYS stay in love with your sweetheart!

Joe was preceded in death by his loving parents, five siblings, daughter Jo-Lynn, and a whole collection of poker-loving cowboys that have anxiously been awaiting his arrival.

Family will gather for a private ceremony to spread his ashes on the beautiful volcano Mount Edgecumbe near their summer home in Sitka, Alaska, on August 8, 2016.

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