Wichita, Kansas farrier Sammy Joe Watkins passed away May 9, 2022. He was 65.

Born Oct. 27, 1956 in Hutchinson, Kan. Watkins was an avid horseman, hunter and artist – first working with elements such as wood and leather, but found his true passion working with metals – blessing family, friends and co-workers with personalized gifts that highlighted his skill and giving spirit.

Watkins graduated from McPherson High School, McPherson Kan.,, and attended Girard Horseshoeing School, in Girard. While there, Watkins began to learn the art of horseshoeing and developed his skill as a farrier. Never lacking an artistic eye, Watkins “signed” each handmade piece with his signature horse head and “flowing mane” design.

Watkins married Sarah Elizabeth Beaton in Bridgewater, Ma., on Jan. 6, 1979. After their wedding, Sammy and Sarah returned to Kansas, working at the Meadow Muffin Farm in Salina. They eventually settled in Tucson AZ, adopting their daughter, Ashleigh Elizabeth. The family returned to Kansas in 2007.

Condolences may be sent to 10537 SW 110th, Augusta, KS 67010.

A memorial and celebration of Sammy’s life is planned for July 9, 2022, from 2 to 4. It will be held at the Double E Pheasant Ranch, 2038 15th Avenue, McPherson, KS 67460.