Rodeo Announcer Mike Mathis passes away unexpectedly

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Lufkin, TX – The rodeo community mourns the sudden loss of Mike Mathis, a revered figure and the unmistakable voice behind the Dixie National Rodeo for over twenty-five remarkable years. His unexpected passing followed a medical incident, leaving the community in shock and mourning the departure of this beloved cowboy.

Commissioner Andy Gipson conveyed the heartbreaking news, stating, “With great sadness, I learned this morning my good friend, the one and only Mike Mathis, passed away and went to be with the Lord.” Tributes to Mathis flooded social media, highlighting his unparalleled presence and dedication to the rodeo circuit.

“Today, the world lost one of the greatest rodeo announcers, Rest In Peace Mike Mathis!!! His unique voice resonated in every town and city he graced. He will be dearly missed, especially here in Lafayette LA. He was a remarkable friend. Prayers to Mrs. Shan and the family. Long Live Cowboys,” mourned one community member in a heartfelt tribute.

The rodeo community has lost a great man, friend, and cowboy.

The Dixie National Rodeo will not be the same without Mike Mathis and his iconic voice.

Elee and I are praying for Mike’s friends, family, and all those in the rodeo world as they grieve this tremendous loss.

— Governor Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) December 13, 2023

The Silver Creek Rodeo Co. also expressed their profound grief: “Our hearts are broken and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mike Mathis! Mike has been a significant figure in PRCA ProRodeo, donning multiple hats as a PRCA rodeo committee chairman, executive council member, Board of Director member, and a distinguished PRCA rodeo announcer! His absence in our lives will be deeply felt!”

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ANOTHER LEGEND SLIPPED AWAY WAY TOO SOON: Rodeo announcer Mike Mathis passed away yesterday at the NFR in Las Vegas. Our family will miss him greatly. Prayers for Shan and his family.


Been knowing this guy 34 years. Mike Mathis, Professional Rodeo Announcer.

— Mississippi John Boy (@John_Boy_Pace) December 13, 2023

Mike Mathis leaves behind a legacy that transcends the rodeo arena, remembered fondly for his unparalleled contributions, infectious spirit, and unwavering dedication to the sport. The rodeo community mourns the loss of an irreplaceable icon.

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