October 11, 1947 – September 19, 2018
Robert Dale Howg – devoted husband, loving father, treasured friend to many, and longtime professional jockey and horseman, yesterday was called to be with his Lord Jesus Christ.
Bob was born and raised on a farm in Alberta, Canada, where his talent for riding horses – and his small size – naturally led to a lifelong career as a jockey. In his first year as a young apprentice rider at Playfair in Spokane, he met Carla, fellow horse lover and his wife for the rest of his life. Bob proudly became father to Carla’s boys Ken & Jim, and then Bobby was born a couple of years later.
Bob & Carla spent nearly 20 years based at Longacres in Seattle, with their off-season home in Yakima. Bob was a stakes-winning jockey at race tracks up & down the West Coast, and was particularly proud of finishing in the top three of the Longacres Mile on Loto Canada in 1981, behind his friend Gary Baze on Trooper Seven.
After injuries forced retirement from horse racing, Bob and Carla moved to the Phoenix area to be near family. Increasingly hampered by old injuries, Bob still loved to take his dogs for short walks. Bob also loved playing cards and Cribbage.
Over the past few months, Bob was eagerly planning a big event for family and friends to celebrate his and Carla’s 50th wedding anniversary in November.
Complications from old racing injuries took their toll. Last week he took an accidental fall at home. He got to spend a couple of wonderful days visiting with his wife, his kids and their spouses, and his grand-kids, before a then rapid, painless passing yesterday, surrounded by his family.
Bob is survived by his wife Carla, son Ken Vincent and spouse Robert, son Jim Vincent, and son Bobby Howg and spouse Hui. Bob so much loved his grand-kids, Warren, Vanessa, and Amy.
Dad thanked Mom for his personal relationship with his Savior, and for 40-plus years of sobriety. As he passed through Heaven’s gate, Bob undoubtedly stopped and told St. Peter his three often-repeated favorite jokes, then went to thank his Maker for a happy life, a great career, so many good friends, and a family who adored him.
We’re planning Bob’s memorial service in Phoenix for November, so a lot of those friends and snowbird neighbors can plan to be there to help remember and celebrate his life.
We love you Dad, and miss you so much.