THE Reagon Walker FOUNDATION
JULY 16, 1989-APRIL 23, 2011
Reagon Lynne Walker grew up in Ennis, Texas and is one of the most decorated Texas High School Rodeo athletes in History. He won four Texas High School State Championships and a State All-Around Championship. Reagon was just beginning a very promising career in Professional Rodeo when his life was cut short. He had won the Henderson County PRCA Stampede held in Athens, Texas with a 3.5 second score. He won the Lions Club PRCA Rodeo in Crockett, Texas. Reagon then qualified for the American ProRodeo Finals in Waco, Texas earning second place. Because of Reagon’s successes, he was posthumously inducted into the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2012.
Along with being an extremely talented bulldogger, Reagon was a strong defensive player for Ennis High School Varsity Football Program. He played defensive safety on two very good Ennis Lion Football teams making deep playoff runs both years.
Reagon was traveling to Oklahoma for a National Cutting Horse Association Event alongside his girlfriend when they had a tragic auto accident which led to his passing. Reagon was loved by everyone that ever met him. His big smile lit up the room or the arena as soon as he walked in. He strived to perform to the best of his ability at everything he did which led him to becoming a champion. Reagon always told his dad, “Don’t worry, I've got an extra gear when I need it.”
THE GUNNER THAMES MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
May 28, 1996-September 09, 2011
The Gunner Thames Memorial Foundation was formed in 2011 after Gunner passed away after a tragic rodeo accident. Gunner was a loving, amazing, funny, caring young man. He was injured in a Steer Wrestling event and fought a 3-week battle with a head injury. He passed away from complications on September 9, 2011. Gunner was a Cowboys' Cowboy. He loved working with livestock of any kind, showing animals, hunting and fishing. He loved spending time with young kids, and especially in rodeo. Gunner was involved with the FFA, 4-H Club, Texas High School Rodeo Association, Cowboy Professional Rodeo Association, and Texas Steer Wrestlers Association.
After the passing of Gunner, friends and family came together to establish the Gunner Thames Foundation in honor of Gunner by keeping his legacy alive. The mission of the Gunner Thames Foundation is to raise scholarships funds for deserving youth rodeo athletes, to support youth 4-H and FFA projects, and provide funding for a crisis fund to benefit area youth.
For more information on The Gunner Thames Foundation please visit: https://gunnerthamesmemorialfoundation.com/about