MULLANEY, Doyle "Doc" Allan
1944 - 2013
We are saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of former chuckwagon driver and veterinarian Dr. Doyle Mullaney on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at the age of 68.
Known affectionately as "Doc" by most, or as the "Colorful Irishman," by legendary Calgary Stampede track announcer Joe Carbury, Doyle recently celebrated 50 years in the chuckwagon business after his annual trips to Houston and Fort Worth, Texas to run pony wagons this past winter. "Doc" was one of the greatest ambassadors chuckwagon racing ever had and raced wagons all over the North American continent from Fort Nelson, B.C to Mexico, from Vancouver Island to the eastern Maritimes. Doyle was a 2nd generation chuckwagon man who started his career as a chuckwagon driver and outrider in 1964 as part of Cliff Claggett's legendary barnstorming chuckwagon show. He was the 1971 World Pony Chuckwagon Champion, and during his career driving thoroughbred chuckwagons, "Doc" posted victories at the Meadow Lake Stampede, the Dawson Creek Fall Fair and Rodeo and twice won the Chuckwagon Championship of Fort Nelson, B.C. He won the 2002 WPCA Clean Drive Award for least penalized driver and received the WPCA's Most Improved Chuckwagon Outfit Award in 1985. Doyle also competed in bull riding and bareback bronc riding and graduated from Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1973. He owned and operated the Big Rock Animal Clinic in Okotoks, Alberta until he sold his practice in 2010.
Throughout his career "Doc" participated in numerous parades and exhibitions, including driving chuckwagons as part of the opening ceremonies at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary and even embarking on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. He was also a long standing active member of the Calgary Grey Cup Committee. "Doc's" lifetime dedication to chuckwagon racing earned him a record four WPCA Active Supporter awards and in 1993 he was honored with the WPCA's highest award, the Chuckwagon Person of the Year. In 2005, Doyle received the WPCA's prestigious George Normand Lifetime Builder's Award. Doyle loved being involved in the community and his generosity and zest for life had no limit.
Doyle is survived by his son Dallas Mullaney, daughter Dayle Mullaney, mother Florence Mullaney, father Pete Mullaney, common-law Kathy Saminelis, brother Deryle Mullaney, brother Marvin Mullaney, sister Maurese Mullaney, grandchildren Jake Mullaney and Quinn Mullaney.
A Funeral Service will be held at the Oilfields Regional Arena, 611 - 3 Street S.W., Black Diamond, on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow. Interment will take place at the Okotoks Union Cemetery.
Donations may be made in "Doc's" name to S.T.A.R.S. (1441 Aviation Park N.E., Box 570, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 8M7.)
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Published in The Edmonton Journal from May 9 to May 10, 2013