Illinois horseman Duncan Price dies at 74
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Duncan Price, 74, a longtime harness horseman, died Tuesday (Jan. 9). He was born in Suffolk, England on Sept. 30, 1943, to the late John and Jean Price and was a resident of Grant Park, Ill.
Price was a long-time breeder, owner, trainer and driver in Illinois where he owned and operated Galewood Farm in Grant Park for a number of years.
After working with his family at the first harness racing track in Rhodesia, Africa, "He came to the United States when he was barely 18-years-old with nothing, not even a place to live," according to the oldest of his three surviving children, daughter Laurie Price Chapman.
In Rhodesia, his father John operated the racetrack while his mother Jean was responsible for managing the wagering at the track, which only raced trotters.
At the young age of 18, Price’s father suggested that he "should go to the United States to learn about pacers." He spent some time in New York and Florida before settling in Illinois, where he had served as president of the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association and never moved back to Rhodesia.
"He loved the sport of harness racing," said Price Chapman. "Every waking moment, that’s what he did."
He is survived by his former wife Candy Price, three children, Laurie Chapman Price (daughter), Wendy Price (daughter) and John Price (son) and two grandchildren, children of Wendy, Kennedy Price (grandson) and Marissa Price (granddaughter) and his brother Juan Price. Along with his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister Anne Price.
The Celebration of Life for Duncan Price will be held on Monday (Jan. 22.) at the Grant Park Community Center located at 209 West Dixie Highway, Grant Park, Illinois, 60940 from 4 – 9 p.m. with an open forum from 6:30 – 7 p.m. for anyone wishing to share their memories of Duncan.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Duncan’s name to the International Elephant Foundation, because "he always loved elephants."
Donations to the International Elephant Foundation can be made by clicking here for their website - https://elephantconservation.org/fundraising/donate/. (USTA)