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Memorial Fund donations are dedicated to the memory of Texas cyclists who have passed. To set up a new memorial fund please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  To donate to any of the below memorial funds please visit

Current Memorial Funds:

Jeff Tankersley • Heidi Stoffer • Paul Nichols • Bob Pfarr, Jr.Iris StagnerDavid BoydBahram DaneshvarPhyllis HassanLarry SchwartzJim Kerr

Heidi Stoffer

Heidi Stoffer

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Heidi was born February 12, 1980 in Dallas, TX to Hugh and Janice Inman. Heidi graduated from Midlothian High School in 1998, where she was a cheerleader and avid tennis player. She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University in 2002. She met her husband, Jimmy, the summer of 2000 at Tech. August 9, 2003, Heidi and Jimmy were married in Dallas. In 2005, she graduated Law School from the University of Houston. After graduating from law school, Heidi began her legal career in Ellis County at the law firm of Wray & Willet, PLLC. Heidi excelled in real estate and banking practices. In 2010 Heidi was named a partner of the firm, Wray, Willett & Stoffer, PLLC.

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Paul Nichols


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The many friends of Paul have put together a collection of memorable and hilarious stories about this icon in West Texas Cycling. You can download the Word document here

Paul Nichols of Levelland passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at the age of 72. He was born June 6, 1940 in Munday, Texas to Earl Howard and Billie True (Hill) Nichols. Paul attended Littlefield High School and worked as a truck supervisor for Key Trucking. He married Judy Rice on June 7, 1958 in Littlefield. Paul was a member of the Lubbock Bicycle Club and was an avid sports fan. 

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Bob Pfarr, Jr

Bob Pfarr, Jr

Monday, January 7, 2013

Bob Pharr died Monday after being struck by an SUV while he rode his bicycle. (Image from the news article reporting Mr. Pharr's death.) Bob Pfarr Jr was a competivie cyclist for 53 years. He first started competivie racing in his hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin. He held both a Competition and Coaching license from USA Cycling and was a voting member of the US Bicycle Hall of Fame. He most recently lived in Corinth, TX and for the last two years had been riding with the Corinth Cycling Club. He was to race in the Masters category for the Corinth Cycling/Harden Dental team this season.

Read more: Bob Pfarr, Jr


Iris Stagner


Monday, September 17, 2012

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Iris Stagner, a member of the BikeTexas family.  She worked as an administrator in Palo Pinto County and was a mother, wife, BikeTexas board member, friend, state leader in promoting bicycle safety and education, and avid bicycle racer. Iris was killed September 17 while doing what she loved, riding her bicycle. Her death is a terrible loss to Texas and the cycling community. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Butch Stagner, two daughters and the rest of her very close family. Iris's obituary in the Mineral Wells Index is here.

The Iris Stagner Memorial Fund at BikeTexas has been established at the request of Iris's family. All of the proceeds will go to the BikeTexas Share the Road Program for Bicyclist and Motorist Safety Education.

The Board of Directors and staff of BikeTexas will miss Iris immensely and we send our prayers, condolences and love to Butch and her family. BikeTexas encourages photos of Iris Stagner and memories to be posted at

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David Boyd

David Boyd

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

David Boyd, native Houstonian and avid mountain bike racer, died on September 3, 2008 in a climbing accident in Colorado. He was 47 years old. Dave was a radiologist, practicing in northwest Houston, and a dedicated outdoorsman. He founded and was captain of the M.O.A.T adventure racing team and competed in mountain bike races all over Texas and the nation. Known and respected by other racers for his athleticism, humility, generosity and good sportsmanship, his untimely death has inspired an outpouring of grief and remembrance from the mountain bike and climbing communities.

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Bahram Daneshvar

Bahram Daneshvar

Thursday, June 16, 2005

On February 3rd, 2005, Bahram Daneshvar and Charles Thiele, both visiting Fredericksburg from Minnesota, set out on their bicycles to experience the fabled Texas Hill Country. The two cyclists were touring with a group of about 50 cyclists from Minnesota that had traveled to Fredericksburg specifically to ride the roads which have made the Hill Country a national destination for bicyclists.

Bahram was struck and killed by a light pickup truck traveling along Highway 16.

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Phyllis Hassan

Originally published: BikeTexas Today August - October 2004

On May 8, long time Dallas-Fort Worth area bicyclist Phyllis Hassan was killed while riding her bicycle on Highway 51, just outside Granbury, TX. An Arlington resident, Hassan, 73, suffered head injuries after being struck by the side-view mirror of a passing SUV, and was Care-Flighted to Harris Methodist in Ft. Worth, where she died.

At the request of Phyllis' family, the BikeTexas / Texas Bicycle Coalition established a Memorial Fund in the days immediately following her death, with proceeds benefiting bicycle safety education in Texas. A member of the Lone Star Cyclists, former member and past president of the Greater Dallas Bicyclists and BikeTexas member, Phyllis was loved and admired by all who knew her. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, she had ridden bicycles for 25 years, putting in 6,000 miles in 2003.

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Larry Schwartz

Larry Schwartz

Originally published: BikeTexas Today February - March 2003

Lawrence "Larry" Schwartz was born January 5, 1961, in Washington, D.C. and passed away May 4, 2003, in Dallas. Larry was featured in our March-April issue of BikeTexas Today and recognized in the Dallas Morning News for his prolific cycling. In 2002 Larry cycled approximately 25,000 miles and in 2003 he had already cycled 7,612. Larry was fatally hit when the mirror of a passing school bus struck him from behind north of McKinney on FM 1461 around 8 a.m. on May 1. Larry was wearing a helmet.

Larry's love of cycling and his involvement in the cycling community cannot be overemphasized. As evident when viewing the Dallas Morning News "Larry Schwartz guestbook" Larry's life and sudden passing have touched cyclists across the continent. A common theme in 21 pages of guestbook entries is Larry's humble nature despite his amazing achievements.

Larry became a BikeTexas member in 1991 and made a generous donation to the Education Fund last Fall. In lieu of gifts and flowers, BikeTexas / Texas Bicycle Coalition and The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America were designated as recipients for memorial contributions.

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Jim Kerr

Jim Kerr

Originally published: BikeTexas Today July - August 2002

Longtime BikeTexas member Jim Kerr spent a lot of time on a bicycle. His death while riding his bike in November 2001 was a blow to us all in Texas, and especially to his friends, those who regularly rode with him, and to his fellow members of the Plano Bicycle Association. His co-workers at Hewlett Packard in Richardson, some of whom were cycling buddies, decided to recognize their friend with a memorial.

Together they collected money for a plaque to place in front of a tree at their workplace. The creating and placing of the plaque in front of a tree is an early tradition that began when the company was Convex Computer Co., a company Jim helped to create.

The plaque in memory of Jim includes his name, the date he began work at Convex (now Hewlett Packard) and the date of his untimely death. Jim's co-workers were so generous that they collected far more money than needed to purchase the plaque and with the remainder of the collection they donated $586.10 to the BikeTexas / Texas Bicycle Coalition Education Fund in Jim's name.


Read more: Jim Kerr

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