Rodney Mitchell Jr., 65, who owned 2007 Hambletonian Oaks winner Danae, passed away Wednesday, June 21, at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa., after a short illness.
Mitchell was born on April 10, 1952, in Dover, Del., son of the late Kathryn and Rodney Mitchell Sr. He was a successful land developer and stable owner. In addition to Danae, he also campaigned Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly pace winner Artcotic. He was the recipient of the 2007 Barasch Memorial Breakthrough Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and was a staunch promoter of and fundraiser for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation.
In addition to his parents, Mitchell is preceded in death by his wife Teresa Mitchell, brother and sister-in-law James and Leslie Betts, and brother-in-law Bucky Sawyer. He is survived by his daughter Kimberley Waite and her husband John and their children Chase M., Alexa J., and Lainey M. Waite; daughter Michelle L. Zerrad and her husband Kamal and their children Amina N., Jannah L., and Leila S. Zerrad; siblings Phillip Mitchell (Rogette Clarke), Kathy Davis (Eddie), Kenny Mitchell (Freida Ivory), Karen Sawyer and Marlyn Mobley (Michael); and many nieces and nephews.
In honoring Mitchell's wishes, there will be no formal service and the family asks to simply remember him with a smile and a good deed by helping someone else. For those who wish to honor his love for horses, they can make a gift in his memory to Horse Lovers United, P.O. Box 2744, Salisbury, Md., 21802.