photo by Jeri Dobrowski
Sadly, Dennis Gaines died December 26, 2019. He will be missed by his many friends and family.
Jean Prescott tells us, “Dennis requested that there be no formal service after his passing. He asked that his body and organs be donated to A&M for research, but did not meet the criteria because he was too tall. He will be cremated and on Memorial Day his ashes will be spread over the family property near Buffalo Gap, Texas, where his mother’s ashes were spread. Friends are invited to attend.”
Condolences can be left at Callaway-Jones.
October 26, 2018
Yesterday, Dennis Gaines told us that he is feeling better than he had been since his recent diagnosis, and with pain control and treatment, he is doing much better than he was a few weeks ago when his illness was announced.
Read his poem, “The Spandex Cowboy,” here.
From Jean Prescott, October 18, 2018:
We have a friend in need, folks. And, we all want to help.
Well known, award winning cowboy poet, humorist and storyteller, Dennis Gaines has been diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. He has been running a ranch in Texas for the past three years, but is no longer able to work.
There will be a “Stay-at-Home Benefit” on Judy James’ Cowboy Jubilee radio program with an accompanying “Quiet Fund” to raise funds for Dennis on Saturday, October 27th, from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, on KMQX 88.5 FM out of Weatherford, Texas.
Here’s how it works: While being aware of the need to help folks around us who are experiencing trials or tragedy, the concept of the Stay-at-Home Benefit Concert has been developed by DJs Jim and Andy Nelson with the help of CowboyPoetry.com.
This is a special concert which you can listen to from the comfort of your home and enjoy without spending any money. With that in mind, you are free to donate any amount of money that you may have spent in travel, food, tickets and lodging to this worthy cause through what we call the Quiet Fund.
With the Quiet Fund, you can give any amount by mail or credit card, and the recipient is sent the funds with donor names, but not the amounts given. You can also chose to remain anonymous. Please put Dennis Gaines name in the notes/memo. Only Linda Kirkpatrick, who oversees the fund, knows the names of donors and the amounts of donations. She does not share that information with anyone else.
Here is how you can listen if you are not in the Weatherford, TX, area. Download the “tunein” app on your cell phone or your computer. Put in KMQX 88.5. CHUCK FM will pop up and you can listen to the concert in the comfort of your own home or vehicle.
Remember to say a prayer for Dennis and be generous with your donation. God Bless.
From October 10, 2018:
Thanks to Teresa Burleson for sharing this sad news, from Steve Conroy of the Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering:
Cowboy, poet, and storyteller Dennis Gaines is “dealing with serious cancer…Please keep Dennis in your prayers and if you have an opportunity, send him a note or give him a call.”
Find more about Dennis at cowboypoetry.com/dg.htm.