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Ricky Lee Haws, 59, passed away in Escalante August 27, 2013. He was born to Klyn and Marlene Mecham Haws in Panguitch, April 26, 1954. He graduated from the Escalante High School in 1972.
From the time he was very small, Rick loved horses and they seemed to like him. He could ride a wild horse when no one else could. His mom called him her little "Horse Whisperer." He was riding his grandpa Dee's race horses in the races by the time he was 14, and maybe younger! Later on he moved to Phoenix, AZ. where he spent years riding and training horses there and in Utah. He even took horses to New York, Omaha, NE, Denver, CO., California, etc.
In just the past few years Rick moved back to Escalante when his health began to fail and he could no longer work with the horses. But he brought his last two horses with him and has been able to ride them a few times.
Rick married Randie Beaty, later divorced. They are the parents of three sons.
He is survived by his sons: Ricky Klyn Haws, Cedar City; Kory Dell Haws, U.S. Army; mother, Marlene Haws, Escalante; Marian Casse', Escalante; her children: Lynn (Clayton) Presley, Alabama; and Cherise (Tim) Saltmarsh, Clairmore, OK; five grandchildren; siblings: Robert Haws, Patrice (Brent) Cottam, both of Escalante; and Jillyn (Jon) Sorensen, Salina; many nieces and nephews, uncles and aunts, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Robby Dee Haws; father, Klyn Haws; brother, Terrill Ray Haws; sister Joycelyn Haws; grandparents, Starns and Fontella Mecham and E. D. and Elda Haws.
Funeral services will be held on September 2, 2013, at 1:00 P.M. in the Escalante Stake LDS Center , where friends may call from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Escalante Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Aug. 31, 2013