Channel 7: Photgrapher Don Rice Remembered

Drew Powell
ABC Channel 7 News

The Borger community lost a pioneer Thursday morning with the passing of 77-year-old Don Rice. For 54 years Rice worked as as photographer/reporter for the Borger News Herald. The publisher of the paper Tom Hinde, tells ABC 7 News that Don Rice succumbed to complications from cancer. Hinde and others who work for the paper considered Rice to be an institution.

"Just about anyone in Hutchinson County has probably had their photo taken by Don over the years," said Tom Hinde, Borger News Herald Publisher. "He was an amazing man and his passing is a huge loss to our newspaper and to our readers."

"I guess there is one thing I learned from him is the importance of a news person to be out there covering news," said Alex Mann, Managing Editor. "I learned that you have to be out and about and plug yourself into that."

Clay Rennick recalls what it was like to live next door to someone who had the reputation of being everywhere when news events happened in Hutchinson County.

"I watched him come and go and he always had a camera around his neck," said Rennick, executive director of the Hutchinson County Historical Museum. "He drove a really cool car and he was always working you never saw him do anything else."

"It didn't matter if he was at the lake or taking pictures at an event like today here in Borger he could capture the essence of that event," said Judy Allen, former coworker. "He was a wonderful man."

"He really left is a great memory of things that have gone on in Borger, Texas," said Beverly Benton, CEO, Borger Chamber of Commerce. "He had such a wonderful way of capturing peoples expressions as they took place at various activities."

Hinde, tells ABC 7 News that Don Rice had a special talent that only a select few in photography can have.

"His skills with the camera are just amazing," said Hinde. "The moving hand of history in this area through the lens of his camera and for that we are deeply thankful and fortunate."

Don Rice, is survived by his wife, two sons, an adopted son, grandchildren and memories of a lifetime.