Jack Cheaney with musician Dave Alexander and Bruce Cheaney standing beside Jack's first saddle which he made at the age of 14.
Jack Richter Cheaney (January 11, 1928 - December 16, 2009)
Jack was born in Gainesville, Texas on January 11, 1928 to Sterling Price and Blanche Richter Cheaney; he was the youngest of four children. He attended school in Gainesville where he was a life long resident. On May 6, 1950 he married Bonnie Gregory with whom he had three sons; Bruce, Pat, and Phillip.
Jack credited his Uncle Tom and his father Price with teaching him the art of saddle making. He made his first saddle at the age of 14. Jack made a career in the business of making saddles and other leather goods and truly was a “Jack of all trades.” He taught his sons the trade and was widely known in the horse business as one of the best saddle makers of his day. He was a past member of the Gainesville Riding Club, Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, and Cooke County Fair Board of Directors. He was also a member of the Texas Steel Guitar Association.
He retired in 1991 from Jack Cheaney’s Saddle Shop & Western Wear which he owned and operated in downtown Gainesville for many years. On October 7, 1994 Jack married Bette Anne Gunter. He was a member of the Commerce Street Church of Christ.
Jack Cheaney checking out the saddle that Bruce made on the Buckaroo Saddle Making video in 1989.
Jack Cheaney pictured with Mel Chartier and Dry Doc at Matlock and Carol Rose's quarter horse ranch in Gainesville, Texas in the early 1980s.