LARC NEWS Posted: 8/19/2017 1:32:51 AM


             David French Mackie, who along with his lovely wife, Susan, campaigned 1998 All American Futurity winner Fallin In Loveagain passed away on Monday, August 14. He was 80-years-old.

In his obituary on, David Mackie was remembered as one of the "kindest, most loving, hardest trying, brilliantly intelligent, fun, sparkling personalities ever to be given the gift of life... David gallantly and with great determination and strong family and medical support survived a struggle with cancer lasting nearly eleven years."

"David was born in Kansas City on the 13th of April 1937. David grew up in Kansas City, graduated Valedictorian of his class at Pembroke-Country Day school and then from Yale College, cum laude, in 1959. Upon his graduation, David was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy where he served on active duty until the fall of 1961. He looked back on the influence he received from his years in the Navy with great pride and satisfaction.

"After his military service, David graduated from Yale Law School, cum laude, in 1964. He joined the San Francisco law firm Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison, became a member of the Bar of California and began a legal and business career in the Federal administrative law and public utility business.

"In 1970, at the invitation of Travis Petty, his best and most highly respected corporate mentor, David joined the executive ranks of the El Paso Natural Gas Company in El Paso and then in Houston. He retired from The El Paso Company as Senior Vice President and General Counsel in 1983. In 1984, David joined the management of Transco Energy Company. He retired from Transco as President and COO of Transco Gas Company in 1992.

"Thereafter, David began a challenging and highly successful career as an independent consultant and venture capital investor in the United States and Canada.

"David set his eyes on the love of his life Susan Kemp Chism, and were married in the bluebonnets of their beloved Deer Creek Farm in Brenham on the 22nd of April 1989, after a long friendship in a world with few women in the corporate executive offices.

"David and Susan have lived a long, rich and very full life together in Houston, Brenham, Santa Fe, Ruidoso, Corona del Mar, and New York City. Their pursuit of the highs and lows and the thrills of horse racing and breeding have defined where they lived later in life. One of the highlights of their lives was winning the All American Futurity in Ruidoso with their beloved filly, Falling In LoveAgain. In recent years, David's reigniting of his long friendship with Will Farish and racing and breeding Thoroughbreds with Will has certainly been among the most treasured experiences of his life. Their world-class black stallion Honor Code won several Grade I Stakes races, including the Metropolitan Mile at Belmont Park and the Whitney at Saratoga.

Ed Allred, the owner of Los Alamitos Race Course, was good friend of David and Susan Mackie.

“I knew David for many, many years going back to the days when they owned Appaloosas. He and his wife, Susan, ran Quarter Horses and had a lot of success with them. David fought a courageous battle. I’ll always have a great deal of admiration for him. David and Susan owned a home a few miles from me in Corona Del Mar so I got to see them there. I’ll miss David a lot.” 

"He was the kindest man," said Melodie Knuchell, the nominations and simulcast director at Los Alamitos Race Course. "From Appys to winning the All American Futurity with Fallin In Loveagain to Honor Code in Thoroughbred racing. He loved horses."

Knuchell was part owner of Old Habits, who raced against Falling In Loveagain in the All American Futurity final.

David and Susan enjoyed another thrill when their filly Strawberry Dash handed millionaire champion AB What A Runner the first loss of her career on the way to posting the fastest qualifying time to the Los Alamitos Derby. The Mackies owned the blue-hen mare Strawberry Silk, the 1989 champion 2-year-old and All American Futurity winner. She is the dam of Strawberry Dash and champion Stoli, as well the First Down Dash runners Rousing Encore and Thundering Applause. At Los Alamitos Race Course, the Mackies campaigned the Strawberry Silk son, Sovereign Silk, in the El Primero Del Ano Derby and Keep Themusicplaying and Keens Cat in the La Primeroa Del Ano Derby. Sovereign Silk's half-brother, Pappasito, also owned by the Mackies, won the 2007 New Mexico Ford Juvenile Challenge at Ruidoso Downs. 

Friends are cordially invited to gather and share remembrances of David with the family from half-past five o'clock until half-past seven o'clock in the evening on Tuesday, the 22nd of August at the River Oaks Country Club, 1600 River Oaks Boulevard in Houston.

The family will gather for a private funeral service at a later date. In lieu of the customary remembrances, the family requests that friends consider making a memorial contribution in honor of David to the Houston Methodist Hospital's Oncology Partners or DeBakey Cardiology Associates. Please view Mr. Mackie's online memorial tribute at under the obituary section where condolences may be directed. The edited obituary information above was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on August 20, 2017 and was also featured on


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