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Illinois Hall of Farmer Tex Moats dies

May 03, 2020

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Tex Moats, 76, of Fairfield passed away at 9:39 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at his home.  He was a well-known horse trainer and was inducted into the Illinois Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2005. Among his top performers were the 1994 Langley Memorial Super Night winner Without Reproach and the filly pacer Panned Out, who was nosed out on the wire by Galleria on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands in 1998.
Mr. Moats was born in Mt. Erie on Aug. 8, 1943 to Rex and Iva (Burkett) Moats.  
He is survived by daughters- Sheila Williams, Beth Moats, and Ivy (Aaron) McCune all of Fairfield; grandchildren- Zach (Sarah) Reever of Portland Ore., Morgan Williams, Lucas Reever, Tyler McCune, Remi McCune, and River McCune all of Fairfield; great grandson- Jaxden Williams. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers- Glennis Moats and Ross Moats. 

A private funeral service will be held at the Victory Outreach Christian Center in Fairfield with burial in Graceland Cemetery in Albion. 

Tex always said he “just wanted to be remembered as that dang ole coon hunter”.
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