Richard Miles Stephens was born on August 11th, 1944 in El Paso, Texas. He was a graduate of
Fort Worth Polytechnic Senior High School in 1962 and later earned his Bachelors of Science
from Tarleton State University in 1967. He was a member and letter winner for the TSU Rodeo
team. He continued to rodeo professionally for several years in the PRCA until retiring in 1973.
He was well known for traveling from rodeo to rodeo in an old Cadillac with passengers like
World Champions, Shawn Davis & Chris LeDoux and along with many other notable rodeo
legends and friends.
Richard enjoyed a varied career in some very interesting fields. Most notably he was the
founder and owner of Triple R Construction Company located in Joshua, Texas. He helped
excavate and develop numerous major construction and housing developments in the DFW
area during his 20-year career.
However, Richard’s greatest and most joyous endeavor was coaching youth soccer and select
baseball. He was easily spotted on the sideline or in the dugout wearing his traditional blue
jeans, boots, cowboy hat, and uniform jersey. He loved working with young athletes and
treated each of them as his own. He was very proud of all the young men he coached and
compiled a list of dozens of student athletes that received baseball scholarships to college. He
also coached several players that would progress into the professional ranks of baseball,
including his youngest son, Riley. Richard never wanted the praise for himself, but instead
wanted the young men to learn discipline and success both on and off the field.
In Richard’s later years he joined his late son, Richard Ryan in rescuing and rehabilitating
horses. He would appear as a guest and host on cable television network’s Rodeo Tonight and
Legends of Rodeo.
Richard will be remembered for his love of his family. He is survived by his youngest son, Riley
Stephens; daughter, Kari Clark; granddaughter, Rachel; and two great granddaughters. He is
also survived by his two brothers, David and Douglas Stephens along with several nephews,
nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Lt. Colonel Seidel Stephens, DVM
and Frances McGuire; an infant brother, his oldest son Richard Ryan Stephens, wife Sharon Kay
Moore and several aunts and uncles.
A Memorial Service for Richard will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Clayton
Kay Vaughn Funeral Home in Alvarado, Texas.
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