Mike Mathis, A Member of the Lufkin Lions Club, Died At the Age of 75

Mike Mathis

The world of rodeo lost a true legend with the passing of Mike Mathis, affectionately known as “Mr. Rodeo,” on December 13, 2023. A distinguished member of the Lufkin Lions Club since 1970, Mathis left an indelible mark on the rodeo community.

Who was Mike Mathis?

Mike Mathis, a revered figure in the rodeo community, earned the moniker “Mr. Rodeo” for a reason. Beyond his unmistakable voice echoing through arenas, Mathis was a proud member of the Lufkin Lions Club, dedicating over five decades to the organization. Mathis became a central figure in the world of rodeo, gaining recognition not only in Texas but nationwide. His distinctive voice made him a household name, earning him a well-deserved spot in the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.

In addition to his announcing prowess, Mathis served as the president of the Hall of Fame in 1977 and 1978, showcasing his commitment to the rodeo community. Mathis was not just a commentator; he was a leader, receiving the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 2016 for his outstanding contributions.

Mike Mathis’ passing:

The news of Mike Mathis’ passing sent shockwaves through the rodeo community. The iconic voice of Lufkin’s rodeo events breathed his last in Las Vegas, where he had been attending the National Finals Rodeo. While the exact cause of his death remains undisclosed, sources suggest it was a medical-related issue. The Lufkin Host Lions Club shared a tribute post on Facebook, mourning the loss of a beloved member.

Legacy:

A man of many talents, Mike Mathis utilised his skills for the benefit of others. Whether announcing rodeo events or serving his community through the Lions Club, he left an indelible mark on the hearts of those he touched. Mathis’ dedication to rodeo went beyond the spotlight; he was a driving force behind the scenes, embodying the true spirit of the sport.

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Tributes Pour In:

The rodeo community, deeply affected by Mathis’ passing, flooded social media with tributes to the late announcer. Kendra Santos posted a heartfelt message on their Facebook post. She posted,

We lost rodeo announcer Mike Mathis unexpectedly in the night. That man dearly loved rodeo. Good to see his smiling face on that screen in the Thomas & Mack this morning. Rest in peace, my friend. Thanks for everything.

Greg Simas posted a heartfelt message on their Facebook post. He Posted,

Our would has been rocked yet once again. Today we lost the unmistakable voice of Mike Mathis. Mike was so much more than a Rodeo Announcer. From his time as our rep and time on the big board, he always had our best interests at heart. Win lose or draw he was one of us. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with Shan Harvell Mathis and family.

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