Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematorium
Timothy Michael Lynch
Ardmore – Lynch, Timothy Michael, 68 from Ardmore, Oklahoma, passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021, following an 18-year battle with cancer. In his last days, he was surrounded by family, friends, loving words and gestures.
He was born in West Bend, WI on August 6, 1953, and raised in Whitewater, WI, where he was a football player and star wrestler. He graduated from Duluth East High School and attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth. As a young man, he was a bull rider and rodeo clown, qualifying one year for the national bullfighting final. He participated in the rodeo circuit and eventually migrated to the world of horse shows where he discovered a passion for horse shows and training. He eventually gave up rodeo life to pursue a full-time horse training business. As he started his training business, he supported himself for many years by working as a farrier in Minnesota. His horse shoeing job, along with a quick stint as a stockbroker for PaineWebber, saved him enough money to buy his first ranch in Duluth, Minnesota, where he began his career. long career as a trainer of reining horses. He moved to Prior Lake, Minnesota, where he expanded his business and began training non-professional clients while continuing his own competitive efforts. As his career developed, he moved again, this time to Marietta, Oklahoma. He resided there for many years, met longtime friends and business partners there and it was there that he met and married the love of his life, Tracy. In Oklahoma, he became an active member of the First Baptist Church of Marietta and made many dear friends. He spent time participating in the Ardmore Little Theater (community theater) where he excelled as an actor, and he appeared in many local productions. During this time his career as a reining horse trainer was at its peak and took him all over the United States as well as Mexico, Europe and Japan where he competed, ran clinics and judged reining events. He was respected and successful in the business and had acquired a collection of accolades and curls, until a serious spinal cord injury made driving painful to impossible and ultimately ended his tenure as coach. Unable to ride and train, he found himself on a new career path when he accepted a position to manage the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma, which flourished under his leadership. Not only did he breathe new life into the once famous arena, but in doing so, he became a well-known and beloved member of the Ardmore business community. His responsibilities at Hardy Murphy have led him to numerous relationships in both the public and private sectors. He has worked passionately on development projects for both the Hardy Murphy Coliseum and the Town of Ardmore. He worked tirelessly to promote both the Hardy Murphy Coliseum and to bring business, events and commerce to the city he loved. His skills as an equine event center manager caught the attention of the town of Queen Creek, Arizona, and he was offered a position at the Horseshoe Park Equestrian Center. He considered it an offer he couldn’t refuse and moved to Queen Creek. He led HPEC for ten years and again another facility flourished under his leadership. He attracted major events to the park and organized many major structural improvements. His final project for a second indoor arena was completed just days before his retirement. He considered this to be his greatest achievement in Horseshoe Park and its completion was applauded by all. Upon retirement from HPEC, he returned to his beloved South Oklahoma where he reunited with friends and was a member of the First Baptist Ardmore. He and his wife Tracy hosted an annual St. Patrick’s Day party that was eagerly awaited by friends and neighbors, which included his special performance of Danny Boy – in the style of a Vegas Lounge singer. He was a self-taught historian, prankster and extraordinary storyteller with a brilliant personality and an indomitable spirit. He was a cowboy who lived his life by the cowboy code of ethics – he lived courageously every day, took pride in his job, finished what he had started and loved his family. His humor, determination and bravery touched everyone who knew him. He is predeceased by his parents Eugene and Joann Lynch. He is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years Tracy Shea, daughter Jamey Worley (Kelly) of Plymouth, MN and grandchildren Devon Elizabeth 23, Rhett McRae 20 and Cassidy Jean 12 all of Plymouth, MN, his sister Nancy Smolich (Steve) of Biwabik, MN, brother David Lynch (Gail) of Bradenton FL, brother Andrew Lynch (Ivonne) of Tierra Verde, FL and sister Mary Mannion (Ciaran) of Athlone, Ireland, and several nieces and beloved nephews.
The memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Ardmore, on a date to be determined in mid-October. Memorial donations can be sent to Tracy Lynch through Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home in Ardmore or can be made on her behalf to Rein In Cancer through their website at www.reincaner.com.
Condolences can be presented to the family online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com
Cremation-with-care was entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral and Crematorium.
Posted September 18, 2021