BRADY — Clifton Tom De Tiege, 75, of Brady, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 in San Antonio.
He was born July 3, 2016 in Dayton, a son of Paul and Magnolia (Vargas) De Tiege.
He was a horse trainer and horse jockey, riding in many races all over the United States. He won the All American Futurity Horse Race in Ruidosa, N.M. in 1962 on the horse named “Hustling Man.” Known as the “Rajun Cajun,” he adored animals, especially his cat, “Little Bit.”
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Beatrice and Edna; and two brothers, John and Sydney.
Survivors are his wife of 52 years, Ella Mae (Jackson) De Tiege; two children, Clifford Joseph De Tiege and his special friend Debbie of San Antonio and Alicea De Tiege-Campos and husband Martin of San Antonio; three brothers, Earnest De Tiege, Roy De Tiege and Joseph “Shorty” De Tiege, all of Dayton; three sisters, Geneva Briggs and Mary Jones, both of Dayton, and Juanita Williams of Baytown; brother-in-law, Rodis Briggs of Dayton; three grandchildren, Clifton De Tiege, LaDeidra De Tiege and Valencia De Tiege; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Heritage Funeral Home in Brady with Holston Banks Jr. officiating. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service begins at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Heritage Funeral Home in Brady. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery in Brady with Patrick Clemons, Reginald Harrison, Eddie Carrizales, Santos Carrizales, Ronnie Gaeta, Tram Telg and Eddie Taylor serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Clifton Maurice Allen De Tiege and Martin Campos.
Memorials may be made to the Professional Jockey’s Association.
Online condolences may be left at www.heritagefuneraltx.com.