J.T. "Skip” Prichard 1940 - 2021
James Thomas "Skip" Prichard passed away on the afternoon of January 17th, 2021 to rope left-hand in Heaven's glorious rodeo! Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 18th, 1940, Skip lived to enjoy 80 years of life surrounded by his great friends and loved ones. He is survived by his two sons Troy and Bruce Prichard, six grandchildren: Joshua, Chase, Jacob, Brooke, Briaun and Brishel Prichard; his longtime companion Judy Smith. Preceded in death by his parents Jimmie and Cecile Byrd Prichard and his former wife of 23 years and mother to his children, Sue McBrayer.
From a young age, Skip was drawn to the cowboy western lifestyle and knew that he would pursue a career in veterinary medicine, which he practiced until the end of his life. In 1963, he became licensed to practice veterinary medicine in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and California. After earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and moving back to Las Cruces in 1970 from Plainview, Texas, he opened and owned Mesilla Valley Animal Clinic, Inc. From 1987 to 1988, he was assigned as a consultant in Ecuador through the U.S government to improve dairy cattle health and milk production. He served New Mexico State University as the veterinarian for the campus Animal Research and Teaching Farm and the NMSU Horse Center for over 25 years. From 1991 until 2009, Skip served as co-chairman for Cowboys for Cancer Research to assist in raising funds for the University of New Mexico Cancer Treatment and Research Center.
Skip loved being outside in nature, whether he was fishing, riding horseback, or driving across the beautiful territory of the Southwestern United States. He was an instrument rated single-engine pilot from 1965 until 2006 and was able to travel across each of the contiguous states of the United States of America, into Canada and Mexico. Skip shared much of his love for the outdoors with his grandchildren and always enjoyed finding a friend to talk to practically anywhere he went. His bright personality was enjoyed by many and he will be missed in this world.
A celebration of life service will take place on Friday, February 5th at 2pm, at Landmark Mercantile Arena, located at 12000 Stern Dr, Mesquite, NM 88048. Everyone is invited to join the family at this event.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to the Dubois Rodeo Scholarship Fund with the New Mexico State University Foundation, Inc. or to the Equine Breeding Program in the College of Agriculture at New Mexico State University. These gifts may be sent to NMSU Foundation, Inc., Attn: Gift Processing, PO Box 3590, Las Cruces, NM 88003-3590. Please specify to the Dubois Rodeo Scholarship Fund or Equine Breeding Program in the memo of your gift.