‘Mom’ of Texas Tech’s Raider Red dies Saturday

‘Mom’ of Texas Tech’s Raider Red dies Saturday
Mary Ruth West, the wife of Raider Red creator Dirk West, died on April 4. (Source: Texas Tech Raider Red Facebook)

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The mom of the Texas Tech mascot Raider Red, Mary Ruth West, has died.

Mary Ruth West was the wife of Dirk West, the man who is credited with creating the Raider Red mascot in the early ’70s after the Southwest Conference banned the used of live animals as mascots.

The announcement of Mary Ruth West’s death came Saturday morning from the Texas Tech Raider Red Facebook page.

Our heart breaks today as Raider Red’s “mom”, Mary Ruth West, passed away this morning. She was an incredible source of...

Posted by Texas Tech Raider Red on Saturday, April 4, 2020

Mary Ruth West is preceded in death by her husband, who died in 1996.

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