Guest Author - Kathy Lyngholm
Chris LeDoux is described by those who knew him as a talented, kind man. From all accounts the world is a sadder place with the loss of this singer, song writer and former rodeo champion.
Born in Mississippi and raised in Texas, he moved to Wyoming where his grandfather lived during his teenage years. He went from rodeo to rodeo competeing in the bareback riding events. He became the PRCA's champion in 1976. His passion always seemed to be writing and playing music though, it's how he made his living and paid his entrance fees to the rodeo's that he entered in his youth.
Chris LeDoux recorded 37 albums before his death from complications associated with bile duct cancer on March 9. His singing career really took off after Garth Brooks honored him in a song Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old), that's when Nashville seemed to sit up and take notice. In 1992, he and Garth recorded a top ten single Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy that cemented his place in country music with the superstars.
Chris had a liver transplant in 2000 that improved his health to the point he was back on the road touring in 6 months. But nothing prepared country music fans for the news in late 2003 that he again was ill, but with cancer this time. No one expected to lose this great man at such a young age, he was 56 when he died.
According to the official Chris LeDoux website the following information was available.
Flowers and cards can be sent to:
Kaycee, WY 82639
Donations can be made in Chris' name to:
Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund
101 Pro Rodeo Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Our heartfelt sympathy and good thoughts go out to Chris' family and friends in this time of great sorrow.