Longtime Horseman Henry "Butch" Southway Passes Away

Posted by Press Release on 03/13/2019

ALAMOSA, CO—MARCH 12, 20219—Funeral services are set Saturday for Henry "Butch" Southway, co-owner of AQHA Racing Champion Hotstepper, who passed away at the age of 77 last Thursday (March 7) in El Paso, Texas. 

Services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. (MDT) at the LDS Church Stake Center at 927 Weber Drive in Alamosa, Colorado. Visitation will be held at the Rogers Mortuary in Alamosa on Friday (March 15) from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M.

"Butch" Southway was born in Littleton, Colorado on August 18, 1941. He moved with his parents and sister to the San Luis Valley when he was 5 years old. Though he started school at San Acacio, the family moved to Blanca for his second grade. He graduated from Sierra Grande High School in 1959. He married Izora Hardy on December 30, 1966. 

Butch worked with his father for some years prior to starting Southway Construction in 1974, a company still in operation. He was a man with a strong work ethic and vision. 

He retired somewhat from heavy equipment contracting and rock crushing in 1998 when he and Izora moved to Sunland Park, NM to spend winters enjoying their horse farm and race horses. 

He has been a Stockholder and Board Member of Alamosa State Bank since 1988. He is a lifetime member of the Alamosa Elks. In the Masonic Lodge of Alamosa, he is a Past Master and Thirty-second degree Mason. Also, a member of the Sand Dune Shrine Club and Al Kaly Shriners.

Butch raced a number successful Quarter Horses over the years including 2018 All American Derby(G1) and Texas Classic Derby(G1) winner Hotstepper in a partnership with of Hubbard, Cope and Rafter W. The son of One Famous Eagle compiled an (8) 3-1-4 record in 2018. The six-time winner of $1.2 million was award AQHA Racing Champion 3-Year-Old and Champion 3-Year-Old Gelding awards in January. 

Butch is survived by his wife Izora and two sons, Rocky and Clay Southway, and three grandchildren - Dustin, Nicole and Sandy as well as his sister Joanne Clayton and other cousins. His parents, Henry and Elaine Southway, preceded him in death. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions for a Butch Southway Memorial Scholarship to Adams State University may be sent Alamosa State Bank, 2225 Main St., P.O. Box 1098, Alamosa, CO 81101. Checks should be made to ASU Foundation. 

Rogers Family Mortuary of Alamosa is in care of arrangements. If you would like to leave online condolences or tributes for the family please visit Butch's obituary at RogersFunerals.com



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