Denise Martin, Co-Owner Of California Chrome, Dies At Age 61

Owner of Louisiana stallion Peppered Cat and active participant in the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders program

Perry and Denise Martin in 2020.

It is with great sadness that Martin Racing announces the passing of Denise Martin, the co-founder, and heart, of Martin Racing, a Thoroughbred and Standardbred breeding and racing organization based in Alpine, Wyo., with global equine holdings. The accomplished chemist, business leader, horse owner and mother to two died on June 14 at age 61.

With her husband and co-founder Perry serving as the public voice and operations manager for Martin Racing, Denise took on the critical role of managing all communications and behind-the-scenes business needs for the small, family-owned organization, which was founded in 2016.

The Martins were thrust into worldwide fame in 2014, when their wildly popular and charismatic colt California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby and the first of his two Eclipse Award titles as North America’s Horse of the Year. The California-bred superstar, whom the Martins co-bred and initially raced in partnership with Steve and Carolyn Coburn under the stable name Dumb Ass Partners, also won the 2016 Dubai World Cup and eight additional graded stakes races before he retired in 2017 with earnings of $14,752,650 — a North American record at the time.

California Chrome’s storybook success enabled Martin Racing to expand internationally. In addition to supporting their first homebred via stallion syndicate participation, originally in Kentucky and now in Japan, the Martins currently stand Thoroughbred stallions in California, Louisiana and Wyoming, and the Hambletonian-winning Standardbred sire Trixton in Canada.

Their homebred colt Mo Mosa won Lone Star Park’s Grade 3 Steve Sexton Mile Stakes on May 31.

“Denise greatly enjoyed interacting with racing fans, whether she communicated with them in person or through California Chrome’s official social media channels,” said Perry Martin. “She also was solely responsible for all of Martin Racing’s charitable giving endeavors.”

A trained chemist and California State University graduate, Denise was CEO of Martin Testing Labs in Sacramento, Calif., from its creation in 2000 to its sale in June 2020. She previously worked for the United States Air Force as a civilian employee at McClellan Air Force Base.

In semi-retirement, the Chicago native served her adopted Wyoming community on the North Alpine Water District Board of Directors. She also recently began taking online university courses on Astronomy, and was building a telescope to view the clear Wyoming night sky.

Denise is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Perry, her daughter Kelly Martin, her son Perry Martin Jr., her brothers Andrew Brudniak and Richard Brudniak, her Golden Retriever Tizzy, 76 Thoroughbred horses and seven Standardbred horses.

Obituary: Bobby Lee Duhon

Bobby Lee Duhon

July 1, 1941 – May 10, 2021


Obituary for Bobby Lee Duhon

Catholic Funeral Services will be held for Mr. Bobby Lee Duhon at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 13, 2021 in Martin and Castille’s La Fleur de Lis Chapel, 600 E. Farrel Rd., Lafayette, La 70508. Bobby went home to be with the Lord Jesus on Monday, May 10, 2021. He peacefully passed away at his residence with his family by his side.

The family request that visitation be observed at Martin and Castille’s SOUTHSIDE location, 600 E. Farrel Rd., Lafayette, La. 70508 on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a recitation of the rosary at 6:00 PM. Visitation will resume on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 8:00 AM until the time of service at 10:00 AM.

Entombment will be in St. Alphonsus Mausoleum.

The Very Reverend Chester C. Arceneaux,VF, Rector of Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, will conduct the funeral services.

Bobby was a graduate of Judice High School and also obtained a Business Degree from Spencer Business College. He proudly spent his whole life in the Oil and Gas Industry in which he was part owner of Specialty Machine and Supply. One of his greatest passions was entertaining and caring for his customers. He was always a very hard worker and a man of strong faith. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and the pinnacle of his faith was attending Cursillo number 420. He was an active owner of race horses and served on the Board of Directors with the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. He was a lifetime member of Woodmen of the World and was the current president of Lodge 714, of Maurice, La. He served as State Jurisdictional President and National Woodmen of the World Representative. He also served on the board for Lafayette Water Works District South.

Some of his hobbies included deer hunting, duck hunting, dove hunting, golf, cooking and playing card games with his Cajun buddies. Although Bobby was well accomplished in his career and very active in his community, his passion in life was family and especially his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed and memories of him will be cherished by all who knew him.

Left behind to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 59 years, Mrs. Linda Rose Deshotels Duhon; his daughter, Suzanne Duhon Payne and her husband Sandy; his daughter, Melanie Duhon Roberts and her husband Bryan; his son, Dirk Duhon and his wife Christina; his grandchildren, Ainslie Vannoy (Garet), Macie Thibodeaux, Taylor Leon, Julian Leon, Hunter Duhon, Carson Duhon and Kinley Duhon and soon to be great-grandchild; his sister, Earline Duhon Leleux and his brother, Ronous Duhon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Adless Duhon and Ella Mae Gilbert Duhon; his infant daughter and his infant sister, Evelyn Duhon.

Upholding the honor of pallbearers will be Dirk Duhon, Hunter Duhon, Carson Duhon, Julian Leon, Sandy Payne and Bryan Roberts.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Howard Patin, Freddy Deshotels, Ainslie Vannoy, Macie Thibodeaux, Taylor Leon and Kinley Duhon.

A heartfelt appreciation is extended by the Duhon family to Dr. Ryan Chauffe and NSI for the compassonate care given to Mr. Bobby in his time of need.

View the obituary and guestbook online at

Martin & Castille-SOUTHSIDE- 600 E. Farrel Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508, 337-984-2811



Obituary: Curtis Ollie Clark

Bossier City – Curtis Ollie Clark, 82, of Bossier City, passed away unexpectedly on April 29, 2021. Curtis was born in Monroe, LA, to Willie Mae “Billie” and Curtis Wharton Clark on July 20, 1938.

Curtis was raised in Bossier Parish and after graduating from Bossier High School in 1956, he then joined the Army National Guard where he attended MP School. After discharge, he married Nancy Foreman in 1958 and had 2 sons. He married Dorothy “Dot” Coffey in 1966 and had 1 daughter.

Curtis was born to be a cattleman and a horseman. It had been in his bloodline for many generations. He was happiest when he was with his cattle and horses. He loved team roping and the fellowship of rodeo. One of his favorite stories was of the time he and some of his buddies came across a deer while gathering cattle on horseback. They saw that as a challenge not to be missed. So he and Benny Grant took off after it and Curtis head roped that big 11 point buck while Benny roped the heals. What an accomplishment! They all were so proud of themselves and that story has been told countless times. After working at the family sale barn, Clark’s Livestock Auction in Bossier City, he went on to be the longtime manager of North Ridge Farms in North Shreveport. While employed there, he became the President of the Louisiana Cattleman’s Association, one of his most proud accomplishments. From there he went back to his roots to manage Clark’s Auction for several years. He was also an order buyer for Conley Cattle Company and travelled the sale barn circuit. He made many lifelong friends at those sales. Lots of stories were shared among the “Under the Tree” club. He and his wife, Dot, then began the Wineglass Cattle Company and raised cattle for many years. He was particularly proud of his brand, a wine glass, because it symbolized his love of spirits and a good time. After the cattle came the thoroughbred horses, which he also loved. He owned a few racehorses and had some success with them, but his biggest glory was “Cute ‘N Noble.” She went on to win the Louisiana Breeders Oaks and the Champions Day Ladies Stakes in 2003.

Curtis is survived by the love of his life, Dorothy “Dot” Clark, his brother, Tom Clark and wife, Jeanene, 3 children, James Curtis “Bud” Clark and wife, Belinda, Steve Clark, Michelle Clark Corley and husband, Todd, 3 grandchildren, Spencer Clark, Carson Clark, and Randi Corley, a great grandchild, Harrison Clark, nephew, Matthew Clark and niece, Melissa Morton.

Obituary: Prentiss Neal McFadden

Prentiss Neal McFadden, 77, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 after a short illness.  Proceeded in death by his parents, Elgin McFadden, Sr. and Ruby Wilks McFadden, his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.I. Wilks, and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.P. McFadden, a brother, Richard “Buddy” McFadden and a nephew, Ben McFadden.  He leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Mary McFadden, a brother, Elgin McFadden, Jr., a sister-in-law, Sue McFadden, and stepson, John Silva, nephews Michael McFadden, wife Sheri, Joe McFadden, wife Christy, nieces, Surmartha Wallace, husband Jim, Abby Cates, husband Steve, Cynthia Simmons, husband Ron. Nieces, Vanessa Menhennett, husband Chris, Chastity Adams, husband Chad, nephew Matt Brunson, wife Polly.  He also leaves behind several great nieces and nephews and a great-great niece and four grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Neal was born on July 23, 1943 in Ruston, Louisiana. He attended A.E. Phillips Elementary School and graduated from Ruston High School in 1961.  He then attended Louisiana Tech University and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration in 1965.  He began his career as a Pharmaceutical salesman and worked for Pfizer, Abbott Labs, and Beecham Pharmaceuticals.

In 1978, he established General Veterinary Supply in Lafayette, La., where he owned and operated along with his wife Mary for 30 years.

His association with horses in the veterinary supply business led to the establishment of McFadden Farm, where he and his wife raised Thoroughbred racehorses and running Quarter horses along with his best friend and business partner, Jay Adcock, until he died.  Neal had a passion for broodmares and foals.  When he was active at the farm, he didn’t miss many foals coming into the world, being there for almost every delivery, which numbered into the hundreds.

Neal served on the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders board for 30 plus years, serving as President, 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President.  He served on the Breeders Cup Board for five years, and also served on the Animal Health Board of Louisiana.  Retiring in Baker, Florida, he still stayed connected with his Louisiana bred horses and also enjoyed raising Tennessee Walking horses, as well as Rocky Mountain horses on his farm in Florida.  He enjoyed trail riding with his wife, Mary, and their many friends. Neal never met a stranger; he made new friends everywhere he went.

Neal was raised in a Baptist church in Ruston, Louisiana where he made friends who still visited and enjoyed attending church with him through the years, both in Lafayette, Louisiana and at Good Hope Baptist, a sweet little country church in Escambia Farms, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Hope Baptist Church Building Fund, 1895 Olin Cotton Road, Baker, Florida 32531.



February 27, 2021

3:00 PM
Cotton Cemetery
1895 Olin Cotton Road
Baker, FL 32531


Obituary: Carl “Babyface” Mathieu, Sr.

CARENCRO ~ Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 27, 2021 at a 12:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Word in St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Lafayette for Carl James Mathieu, Sr., age 50, who passed away Monday, February 15, 2021 at his residence in Carencro.

Interment will be in Evangeline Memorial Gardens. Deacon Wynard Boutte will officiate at the services.

Carl was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend with a big heart to all those he came in contact with.

He was a graduate of Lafayette High School and attended Lafayette Regional Technical College for Small Engine Repair, he was later employed as a Supervisor at LPSS for 30 years. He had a love for horses and demolition.

Carl went on to prosper into having entrepreneurship of his very own businesses, Babyface Demolition Breeding Farm and Carl’s Interior & Demolition, he was an active member of the American Quarter Horse Association and Louisiana Thoroughbred Association.

He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of 26 years, Lisa Alfred Mathieu; one son, Carl James Mathieu Jr; his father, Ernest Mathieu; three sisters, Brenda Ozene (Kevin), Lisa M. Johnson (Stephen), and Angela Mathieu; two brothers, Mark Mathieu (Monica) of Carencro, LA and Patrick Mathieu (Almera) of Lafayette, LA; mother-in-law, Anna Lou Alfred; four aunts, Maudry Aguillard, Viola Cross, Lou Ann Moses, and Paulette Mathieu; one uncle, John Boutte; four Godchildren, Keith Cross, Jamal Campbell, Cori Alfred, Presley Mathieu; along with a host of nieces, nephews, his work crew and extended family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Helen Boutte Mathieu; one brother, Kenneth Mathieu; maternal grandparents, Annabelle Labbe-Boutte and Wilson Boutte; and paternal grandparents, Hilda and Joseph Mathieu.

A rosary will be prayed at 9:00 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home.

The family requests visiting hours be observed from 7:00 a.m. Saturday until service time on Saturday.

The Mathieu family would like to greatly thank Mr. Matt Arceneaux and Chuck Alleman for assisting endlessly.

Melancon Funeral Home, Evangeline Memorial Gardens Chapel,  4117 N. University Ave., Carencro, (337) 896-3232, is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary: Allen Chiasson

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10 AM at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist Church in Lafayette, Louisiana for Allen Chiasson, 73, who passed away February 11, 2021 at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. A rosary will be prayed before mass at 9:30 AM in the Cathedral. Father Chester Arceneaux will be the celebrant of the funeral mass.

Allen was the son of Mabel and George Chiasson. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Jane, his brother Ashton and his wife Jerrie, his niece Connie and her husband Chris, and his nephew Chad. He is also survived by Brennan Lormand, two grandnephews, family, and friends.

Allen was a blacksmith for over 50 years. He proudly served our country as part of the United States Army 225th Blackhawk Aviation Company during the Vietnam War. He graduated from Carencro High School and horseshoeing school in Texas. He was a member of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.  Allen was a mentor to many, and influential in so many people’s lives.

In order to keep family and friends safe, all guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Thank you for understanding the family’s wishes during this unprecedented time.

For those unable to attend, the mass will be available at

Walters Funeral Home, (337) 706-8941, 2424 North University Avenue in Lafayette, is in charge of funeral arrangements.


Funeral services have been established for longtime jockey Kenny “Chopper” Bourque, who died Dec. 29 in Taylorsville, Ky., at age 67 from liver cancer.

According to his daughter, Tiffany Bourque, a funeral and mass will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church in Louisville Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. ET. A memorial will be in the spring.

The oldest of six siblings, Bourque was born in Abbeville, La., not far from Lafayette, where many Cajun-born riders learned to ride at unsanctioned racetracks called “bush tracks.” He and his youngest brother, Curt, became successful riders.

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Obituary: Royal B. Kraft, Sr.

MARCH 1, 1934 – DECEMBER 7, 2020
Obituary of Royal B. Kraft, Sr.

Royal Brent Kraft, Sr. passed away peacefully on Monday, December 7, 2020 at the age of 86. Royal was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 1, 1934, and was a resident of Covington for the past 50 years. He is survived by his children, Royal Kraft, Jr. (Diane), Keith Kraft (Mary), Kolt Kraft, Celynn Ducasse (Eddie), and Todd Kraft (Gretchen); grandchildren, Chase, Blake, Brandon, Kasey, Victoria, Kassidy, Kristian, Bennett, and Robyn. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Robin A. Kraft; his parents, Theodore A. Kraft, Sr. and Albertine Stock Kraft; his sister, Beverly Kraft; and brother, Ted A. Kraft, Jr. Royal was a graduate of Holy Cross High School and attended Southeastern University. He served proudly in the Louisiana National Guard, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. Royal was a very caring and giving man who was a friend to all, and touched the lives of all who knew him. He was an avid horse lover and active member of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. One of his biggest passions was working with his thoroughbred horses. Royal was the founder and owner of a local wholesale food distribution business. A visitation with limited attendance will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. in New Orleans, on Monday, December 14, 2020 beginning at 11:00AM. A Funeral Mass will follow at 1:00PM in the Chapel of the funeral home. Interment will be private. Attendance will be limited due to Covid-19 restrictions, and guests are required to wear a facemask. To view and sign the guest book, please visit

Obit: Judy Lyn Dugas


Judy Lyn Dugas

OCTOBER 11, 1942 – NOVEMBER 20, 2020
Obituary of Judy Lyn Dugas

Judy Lyn Dugas, 78, went to meet her heavenly Father on November 20th, 2020.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Sulphur. Judy was a 1960 Graduate of Sulphur High School where she was a member of the rodeo team and won the All-Around Champion Cowgirl Award in the State Championship Rodeo. She also attended the University of Arizona and studied Horse Racing on the Flat.

Judy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sulphur where she embraced the Lord and served him faithfully. She was involved in numerous church activities and committees, and she also loved her mission work in New Mexico.

A loyal employee to Choupique Enterprise, Inc. and Orange Rice Milling Company, Inc. for many years, Judy was also an employee of Delta Downs, Inc. as a placing judge/official timer and association steward, followed by employment with the Louisiana State Racing Commission where she served as a State Steward for over 20 years. After retirement, she continued as an alternate State Steward until her death. She was always described as a fair and qualified judge and was held in such high esteem. Judy loved horses, rodeoing, and horse racing. She also loved flowers and could be found working in her yard on many occasions. She had a passion for cooking and shared this passion with her family and friends. It was not unusual to get a call and be invited over for gumbo or roast and rice and gravy! Judy was also an avid sports fan and especially loved the Saints.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sister, Kathy Dugas Melancon (Paul) of Richland, TX; her nephews and nieces, Jason Melancon (Krista), Kristin Melancon (Joe Durantini), Donna Istre (Kevin), Sheila Hanks, Pam Haney (David); 10 great nieces and nephews, and 7 great-great nieces and nephews. Judy also leaves behind her life long, devoted friend, Sue Granger and her children who considered Judy as their second Mom, Jean Hernandez (Dale), Mike Granger (Esther), Sandy Granger McNeill (Jim); and grandchildren, John, Fletcher, Jami, Carly, Kylie, Kade, and Ethan. She also leaves behind her special friend, Janice Comeaux, and numerous friends and family.

All who loved her dearly will never forget her charm, undying love, compassion, and caring for them. She will be dearly missed and forever be in our hearts.

Judy is preceded in death by her parents; Alton & Winne Perry Dugas; sister, Sherry Dugas Sharp, nephew, Barret Istre, and former husband Skipper Kinney.

A celebration of Judy’s life will be at 2 PM Friday, November 27, in Hixson Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. The Rev. Michael Linton and Minister of Families Tom Bruce will officiate. Visitation will be from 11 AM- 2 PM in the funeral home. Entombment will follow at a later date at Mimosa Pines Cemetery. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Obit: Chad Steven White

Graveside services for Chad Steven White will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at the Magnolia Memorial Park Cemetery.

Chad Steven White, 59, of Bossier City, LA, formerly of Magnolia, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2020 at the Willis Knighton Bossier Medical Center in Bossier City.

Chad was born on July 2, 1961 in El Dorado. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Minden, LA where he was a member of the Salt and Light Sunday school class and actively involved with the Senior Adult Ministry.

He was the assistant to the director of Rider Administration for the Championship Bull Riding Association and Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour. He was the “concierge” to the rodeo contestants, he enjoyed helping them with whatever they needed.

Chad was preceded in death by his mother, Patsy Ruth (Harris) White.

He is survived by his father, Chad White of Magnolia; sister, Bekki White of Little Rock; and lifelong family friend, Becky Elliott of Magnolia.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at the Magnolia Memorial Park Cemetery with Bro. Leland Crawford officiating under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., in Magnolia. Masks are required.

Signing of the guest book and viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Minden, Senior Adult Ministry, 301 Pennsylvania Ave., Minden, LA 71055 or Professional Rodeo Cowboy Assoc., Attn: JCCF, 101 Pro Rodeo Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80919.

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