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Richard Causey


Richard Allen Causey died at his home on the West Sabinal in Utopia on Thursday, Jan. 13.
He was born Feb. 5, 1942, in Laredo, Texas, to Lucille and EM "Dick" Causey. Both parents preceded him in death.
Richard grew up on the Winston Ranch in Sabinal, graduated from Sabinal High School in 1960 and received his Bachelor of Science degree from San Houston State University. He was a member of the Sam Houston National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association team and the Delta Tau Alpha honors fraternity.
Richard married Diane Fisher of Utopia in August 1966, and the couple was blessed with a daughter, Lauren Causey Oefinger.
Richard taught science at Uvalde High School in 1965 and 1966; served as ranch foreman for Bill Soyars Cattle Company in San Marcos from 1966 to 1970; and then spent the remainder of his life ranching - mostly in the Sabinal Canyon.
A fine cowman and brush country cowboy, Richard enjoyed team roping and, in earlier days, threw a good left-handed heeling loop. He loved to hunt and spend time in the outdoors. One of his favorite pastimes was taking young hunters out to harvest their first deer.
In the 1970s and '80s, Richard served as adult 4-H leader and was instrumental in starting the first junior horse club in Utopia. As a member of the Utopia Park Board, he served as secretary at many Utopia rodeos. Richard also assisted with the Region 6 Texas High School Rodeos.
A member of the Utopia Methodist Church, he regularly served on the finance committee.
Richard loved football and refused to give up on his Dallas Cowboys team. He particularly enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and was very proud of their accomplishments.
An avid reader, Richard was very knowledgeable on many different topics.
He is survived by his wife and daughter as well as son-in-law, Chris Oefinger; grandchildren Jordan Oefinger, Aaron Oefinger and Carson Oefinger, all of Hondo; brothers, Morgan Causey of Cuero, Charles Causey of La Pryor and Tommy Causey of La Grange; and sister Martha Diebel of Cuero, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
A memorial service was held for Richard on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Utopia Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Utopia Memorial Library, the Hondo Athletic Boosters Association or to a charity of choice.