LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A successful bull breeder from Lufkin was one of four killed in a three-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in the Midland area.
David Wayne Wisener, 50, general manager of Lufkin Ranch & Rodeo, was killed while hauling livestock to Glendale, Ariz., according to a story on UnitedBuckingBulls.com.
The crash occurred on I-20 in Midland County. According to PermianBasin360.com, two semi-trucks crashed, and one of the trailers crashed with one other vehicle, which was driven by Wisener. Four people were killed in the crash.
Wisener was responsible for the day-to-day operations at Lufkin Ranch & Rodeo and bred several champion bulls, according to UnitedBuckingBulls.com.
According to LRR's owner, Chuck Griffith, Wisener was traveling to Arizona for a Professional Bull Rider's show and had six bulls in the trailer. All six survived the crash.
Wisener is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, a son and both parents, all of the Lufkin area and two brothers and a sister.
"Those of you that knew him know that he had such a tremendous passion and love for the bulls," Griffith said in an e-mail statement. "He had a heart of gold and there wasn't anyone he wouldn't help. He loved what he was doing but has now found an even greater path to travel with God where everyone has as big a smile as David always had."
"For all the obvious things that we'll miss, from his ability, what we'll really miss is just, we'll miss David," said Mike Mathis, a professional rodeo announcer from Lufkin. "The tragedy is we lost a truly quality man, a father and a host of things that a lot of people are going to miss."
According to the DPS report, Herman Bugs, 68, of Donaldsville, Ga., was driving a semi-truck, which was hauling lettuce eastbound on I-20 when he crossed the center median and hit a westbound Kenmore semi-truck, driven by John Charles Griffith, 60, of Woodlawn, Va., which was hauling food products. Bugs then hit the towed unit, which separated from the Kenmore and hit Wisener's GMC pickup.
The two semi-trucks caught fire and were destroyed. All three drivers were killed, as well as a passenger in Griffith's truck, who was identified as Gordon Douglas Fisher, 54, of Madison Heights, Va.
A spokesman for DPS said I-20 was closed until at least 10 p.m. Thursday night. He said any reason why Bugs crossed the median is still under investigation.
Griffith described Wisener as an expert bull breeder.
"Selection of what bulls reed to certain cows, what kind of offspring we were looking for," Griffith said.
"He always had a smile on his face," Griffith said. "He was the heart and soul of Lufkin Ranch and Rodeo. And, we built this ranch around his vision and David loved this ranch and he was living his dream."
"He was supposed to be going out of town to Arizona and then go to New Mexico," Jordan Wisener said. "But, now it's like instead of two weeks it's going to be forever until we see him in heaven."
Jordan plans to keep the ranch up and running. It's what his father would have wanted. But, it won't be easy.
"It's just hard to believe that he's gone," he said. "And, so much we've learned from him but so much that we still needed to learn from him."