David Wisener Passes Away In Tragic Truck Accident

On Thursday afternoon, March15th the Bucking Bull Industry and Family lost a very special man in a tragic truck accident.  While traveling with bulls to the PBR Built Ford Tough event in Glendale, Arizona an eastbound tractor trailer crossed the median and hit a westbound tractor trailer head-on in front of David Wisener and then struck David’s truck.  David died instantly along with both of the drivers of the two semi’s and another passenger in one of those trucks.  The accident happened just outside of Midland, Texas.

David worked along side Chuck & Patti Griffith, owners of Lufkin Ranch & Rodeo for over a decade.  David was responsible for the day to day operation and took care of and flanked some of the most outstanding bulls in our industry.  Together with the Griffith family, David was instrumental in the success of the Lufkin Ranch & Rodeo breeding program.  This successful program recently produced UBBI World Champion Classic bull Geronimo (co-owned with Kevin Loudamy), Black Widow and Verdict, just to name a few.

David was known to all as the most easy-going, nicest guys and always the guy with a smile and a positive attitude.  David was a successful business owner and building contractor before becoming a full-time contributor to the Lufkin Ranch & Rodeo program.  Before that relationship, David was a bull rider and bull riding producer.  David built the “Wisener Arena” in Lufkin, Texas in the mid-1980’s, where he developed several notable bulls and was instrumental in the success of several bull riding careers.

David is survived by his daughter Haley and her husband Cory Burns, grandson Weston Burns, his son Jordan,  and his parents Don & Beth Wisener, sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and James Whittmore, brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Sharon Wisener and Kevin and Jerrie Wisener, mother of Hailey and Jordan, Leshia Johnson and husband Jamie and numerous nieces, nehews, other relatives and a host of friends. 

The funeral was held on Monday, March 19th at the Cross Timbers Cowboy Church in Lufkin, Texas.  David was laid to rest at the Fielder Cemetery in the Bald Hill Community, Angelina County, Texas.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Cross Timbers Cowboy Church at P.O. Box 118  Lufkin, Texas 75902.

On a personal note:

I was raised in East Texas, in the small town of Center about 60 miles from Lufkin.  I’ve known David Wisener for almost 30 years.  David built an arena in the mid-1980’s and began bucking bulls and providing bull riders opportunities to get on all levels of livestock.  I was one of those guys.  I was one of many who spent time with David and one that David helped along the way.  As he stepped into the next chapter of his life with Chuck & Patti Griffith, I had a chance to visit the Lufkin Ranch & Rodeo operation and recognized the undeniable passion David had for bucking bulls and the enthusiasm he showed for the future of the LRR program.  Now, after over a decade that passion and enthusiasm, shows up every time the LRR truck & trailer pulls up to an event.

I’ve been involved in our industry as an announcer, event producer and fellow breeder for over 20 years.  The ones who’ve made their mark in this business are those with passion and enthusiasm and David had that and more to spare.  I don’t know that I have ever seen David upset or question the outcome of any event or contest.  He always took the “not so good” as well as anyone I’ve ever met.  Our industry, our world and our lives will be changed forever with the absence of David Wisener.  He’s gone and our hearts will forever miss that smile from that boy from East Texas.

I know that David is sitting on the arena fence right now at the biggest bull riding in the universe right next to God and his son, Jesus Christ.  So long cowboy!

Randy Schmutz 

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