Jack Ray Adams, 77, died Saturday, July 18, at home in Clements with his immediate family by his side.
Jack was born on April 21, 1938 in Blanding, Utah to Jack and Helen Adams. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Judy, his daughter Jazlyn Rice, and sons Hazen and Andy Adams.
Jack was a major force in the training, showing and breeding of many of the Pacific Coast’s finest horses including Commander King, Hobby Horse, Hesa Commander, Red Dee Hobby, Sugar Vandy, Doc Tom Tucker, Peponita and Mr. Peponita Flo, to name a few. His career stretched from the cow camps of Nevada to major cutting and stock horse events held throughout the United States. He served on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) and as a National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) judge for many years.
Commonly referred to as “The Legend”, the trainers of the PCCHA honored Jack with the Dave McGregor Award in 1998 for sharing his knowledge, skills and sportsmanship to help so many in the arena. Jack was inducted into the PCCHA Members Hall of Fame in 2011. He was also nominated for the Zane Schulte Award in 2012 by members of the NCHA for his outstanding service, integrity, values, respect of peers, contribution to the industry and excellence in the arena.
Jack was known by many, loved and admired by more. His horse training knowledge and philanthropic gifts to his community leaves a legacy appreciated beyond the boundaries of the familiar.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Cards can be mailed to Judy Adams at P.O. Box 753, Clements, CA 95227. In memory of Jack, the family has requested donations be made to either of the following charities: PCCHA Youth Scholarship Fund or West Cost Equine Foundation/Cutters Caring and Sharing. Donations can be mailed to PCCHA at P.O. Box 108, Lockeford, CA 95237.