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Fred Wyatt

Posted: Thursday, Nov 29th, 2012

Fred “Skip” Wyatt, 76, passed away Nov. 26 in Boerne, Texas. Skip was born Jan. 25, 1936 to Bill and Lucille (Gannon) Wyatt in Kent County, Texas. Skip attended school in Kent County and graduated from Spur High School in 1954.

After graduating in 1960 from Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas, Skip married Betty Sue Dyess and began his career with the Bureau of Land Management. He lived and worked in New Mexico, Pinedale, Washington, D.C. and Nevada before he returned to Spur for retirement. His achievements are highlighted in the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington, Ky. and include the humane care of thousands of U.S. wild horses through his stewardship of the Palomino Valley Wild Horse Management facility near Reno, Nev.. He began a program that selected and trained Palomino wild horses for the United States Military Color Guard; they were used in various parade functions. Skip relished the western lifestyle. He was a true cowboy and promoted a strong, independent western lifestyle.

He is survived by his son Mike (Jamie) Wyatt and his daughter D’Ann (Jeff) Baldwin; grandchildren Kaytie Wyatt and Trevor, Nathan and Mitchell Baldwin. His marriage of 45 years to Betty Sue Dyess saw a momentary pause upon her death in 2006. They are now happily reunited.

Funeral services were held at Spur Methodist Church with Reverend Larry Burton officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spur Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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