Donald Lee Howard was born in Fort Collins, Colo., on Aug. 11, 1960, to John Howard and Sandra Strickland Howard. He passed away on Nov. 9, 2022, after a month-long illness.
Surviving are his parents, John and Sandra Howard of Creede, Colo., his daughter Lacye Mills and her husband Don Mills of Clovis, N.M.; his daughter Ashley Twite and her husband Craig Twite of Creede, Colo. He leaves behind eight grandchildren: Austin and Cadence Mills of Clovis, N.M.; John Twite, Trenea Carpenter, Jaden Twite, Taylor Carpenter, Jazlynn Twite, and Tatum Twite of Creede, Colo. Surviving are also his Aunt, Judy Shue and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lyman and Geraldine Howard of Center, Colo., and Leroy and Jane Strickland of Monte Vista and Canon City, Colo., and Jan Borren of Fredericksburg, Texas.
Don had a very successful career as a thoroughbred jockey, riding at many of the major racetracks in the country. He was involved in a number of other enterprises following his retirement from racing.
Services for Don will be held at the Rio Grande Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at 2 p.m.