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Lufkin's 'Mr. Rodeo' undergoes major heart surgery

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"Mr. Rodeo" Mike Mathis, who coordinates the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo every year and travels around the nation as a rodeo announcer underwent major heart surgery Monday and is in intensive care.

According to Lufkin Lions Club President Keven Ellis, Mathis went to the doctor for a check-up and was sent to surgery for a triple bypass operation.

"It's my understanding that he is doing well," Ellis said.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Mathis is listed in stable condition.

Mathis is coordinator and announcer of the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo, hosted by the Lions Club every year. He also travels to rodeos around the nation every year as an announcer.

"Rodeo is my life," Mathis said in an April interview. "I'm lucky enough to travel and announce in about 40 plus rodeos a year across the country.  [The Lufkin rodeo] helped get me the start in the mark in professional rodeo to get to do what I do today."

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