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.
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