Joe King (1926 - 2018)

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"His entry fee to heaven was paid for by his lord and savior, Jesus Christ." This is what Joe King wanted to be put on his tombstone.
Joe was born Aug. 30, 1926 in Dalhart, Texas to Walter and Mamie King and passed away Feb. 18, 2018 at the E.T. York Hospice Haven in Gainesville.
Joe was from a long line of cowboys and that is how he wanted to live his life. While working as an Army surgical technician during WWII, the surgeons he worked with were so impressed by his skills they offered to pay for his education in the medical field. Of course at 19 years old, he just couldn't wait to get back to his horses and cattle.
He worked on cattle ranches in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. He trained, showed and raced quarter horses. Next he began training and racing thoroughbreds. After his success at training some horses for Mr. Howard Sams, he was offered the position of manager at Waldemar Farm in Williston. With his horsemanship skills and just good old horse sense, the farm produced winners such as Foolish Pleasure, winner of the 1975 Kentucky Derby.
He was a past member of the American Quarter Horse Assn., the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association and the Florida Cattlemans Association.
He loved to laugh and never met a stranger.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mamie King, his sister, Katherine King and his daughter, Julie Ann King Brown.
Those left behind are his daughter, Linda (Tom) Munson of Crystal River; daughter, Wynona (David) Sullivan of Williston; son, Larry (Cookie) King of Williston; ninw grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of "Mr. Joe" to his church family, the Rafter Cross Cowboy Church, P.O. Box 358, Williston, FL, 32696. The family will be having a private graveside service at a later date.
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Published in Williston Pioneer on Feb. 22, 2018