"Cowboy Fred" Ortiz Loses Battle with Cancer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/28/08

"Cowboy Fred" Ortiz Loses Battle with Cancer

A well known advocate for Lubbock area children, seniors, and stray animals has lost his battle to cancer.

"Cowboy" Fred Ortiz made a name for himself as a voice in this community. He was known for his beard, ponytail, and earring. His suit, shirt, tie were always color coordinated, complete with a pocket handkerchief.

Born in El Paso in 1942, Ortiz moved to Lubbock in 1998 to run the Community Youth Development Project. He founded "Up and Coming Scholars," which gives first-generation college students scholarships and guidance. He was also the recipient of the Purpose Prize.

He bravely fought cancer since November, when doctors located a tumor in his spine. Despite radiation treatments, prayers and well wishes. Ortiz grew weaker. He died early Sunday morning, at the age of 65.

Tell us what you think...
Kcbd.com Message Boards
Sound off on news or current events on our message boards!

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Minneapolis chief resigns after shooting of Australian woman

    Minneapolis chief resigns after shooting of Australian woman

    Saturday, July 22 2017 1:49 AM EDT2017-07-22 05:49:17 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 4:43 AM EDT2017-07-22 08:43:13 GMT

    Minneapolis police chief says she wants to let 'fresh set of leadership eyes' be in charge of department, resigns amid criticism over shooting of Australian woman who had called 911.

    Minneapolis police chief says she wants to let 'fresh set of leadership eyes' be in charge of department, resigns amid criticism over shooting of Australian woman who had called 911.

  • Spicer out, Sanders and Scaramucci rise in Trump shake-up

    Spicer out, Sanders and Scaramucci rise in Trump shake-up

    Saturday, July 22 2017 3:20 AM EDT2017-07-22 07:20:28 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 4:31 AM EDT2017-07-22 08:31:07 GMT

    As Sean Spicer prepares to leave White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to take over as press secretary and Anthony Scaramucci as head of the presidential communications team.

    As Sean Spicer prepares to leave White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to take over as press secretary and Anthony Scaramucci as head of the presidential communications team.

  • Trump Jr., Manafort in talks with Senate panel

    Trump Jr., Manafort in talks with Senate panel

    Friday, July 21 2017 3:28 AM EDT2017-07-21 07:28:25 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 3:23 AM EDT2017-07-22 07:23:19 GMT
    President Donald Trump's legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team.
    President Donald Trump's legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team.
Powered by Frankly