Thanks to Christine Perkins, executive director for Comanche Chamber of Commerce, we bring you this photo from the Comanche Rodeo Parade.
Pictured where he most likes to be (on horseback) and surrounded by his family, M.C. Davis, known to the county of Comanche simply as Merlin was once again in the saddle for the Comanche Rodeo Parade to pick up what we believe to be his 23rd consecutive award for being the oldest rider sitting a horse during the festivities.
Comanche and surrounding area people have grown used to seeing Merlin rack up yet another award, but this year is a little more special than most. For one thing, Merlin is heading toward his 93rd birthday, and he wasn’t supposed to be here to ride in this year’s parade. You see, Merlin was diagnosed with a fatal cancer earlier in the year, and the doctors did their best to put him in a rocking chair while he waited for the death angel to come for him.
Well… Merlin wasn’t having any of that! After throwing enough fits, everyone decided to get out of the way, let him come back home to Comanche, and today he is probably out in his shop where he is building a rocking chair for Rickey and Fredda Jones and more benches for Amy Culler’s wedding.
Here at Texansunited.com we salute that brave Texas spirit that we have found in Comanche’s M.C. Davis. Be watching our Just Texas! section where we will be bringing you Merlin’s story in the next few weeks.