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Rodeo organized in honor of Powderly teen killed in car crash

Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 6:30 PM CDT
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PARIS, Tex. (KXII) - The family of a Powderly teen that was killed in a car crash in June is remembering him with something he loved dearly, rodeo.

“He was a kid that could walk into a room and take a dark room and turn it into a lighter room, he was loved by so many, we had over 600 at the funeral,” Gavin Jaynes said.

Gavin is talking about his son Lane Jaynes, who everyone called “Bubba”.

The 17-year-old was on his way to work on June 1st.

“He was headed to work and got T-boned by a semi, we careflighted him from the scene to Medical City in Plano and he went into immediate brain surgery,” Gavin said.

Just days later Gavin lost his son.

“It was six days before we had to make the decision to take him off of life support because he was completely brain dead,” Gavin said.

Now Gavin is putting together a memorial “Buck Out” rodeo in memory of Bubba.

“He was taken from us at a young age, a very young age and he didn’t get to live his life so we’re going to do what we can do to keep his legacy alive,” Gavin said.

Bubba was a student at North Lamar High School, and his dad is using the money raised for a scholarship fund in his son’s name.

“It’s going to go to a low income kid that’s got the grades that wants to go to college that wouldn’t get the opportunity to go without this scholarship,” Gavin said.

Gavin said it will be a way for his friends to remember Bubba.

“They’re going to start back to school this year without Bubba there, there’s not going to be no Bubba, and it’s going to be hard,” Gavin said.

He said a rodeo is the perfect way to celebrate Bubba’s life.

“To keep his legacy alive, he was into this, this is what he wanted to do, so why not do what he wanted?” Gavin said.

The rodeo will be at the Paris Rodeo Arena August 15 at 7 p.m.

He said people unable to make it can donate to the Lane Jaynes Memorial Buck Out fund at Red River Credit.

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