JR Long has a long history of many years of dedication to the Texas Trap Association and has held the following positions:
- TTA President 1990
- TTA Director for 15 years
- ATA Alternate Delegate 1986
- Zone II President, Vice President and Secretary & treasurer several times
- Served on numerous state committees
- Conducted national survey on ladies state teams resulting in Texas expanding ladies team to 5 members
- Served as auctioneer at State, Zone, Southwestern Zone special events
JR long began registered in 1974 and acheived his first 100 Singles straight on 2/8/76, first 200 Singles straight a month later on 3/13/76. He made the 27 yard line two years later on 5/21/78. He ran 100 Doubles in June 1988 and completed his Grand Slam with a 100 straight from the 27 yard line in September, 1990!
He broke 498x500 in a Singles Marathon. JR is the second shooter in Texas with a Grand Slam and 500 Squad! He is the 95th shooter to acheive a Grand Slam and the 13th Texas shooter with a Grand Slam. JR is the 15th 500 Singles squad which made the cover of Trap & Field magazine. He was on a 499x 500 squad in Amarillo & he didn't miss! He has tied for Clay Target Championship title at the Grand American twice scoring 200 each time. He won the Budweiser Handicap event at the Ohio State Shoot in 1986 against 734 shooters and ran a 99x100 from the 27 yard line at that shoot.
JR tied for the Texas State Singles Championship title with 200 straight in 1986 and took runner-up. He also tied for the High All Around Champion title at the Texas State Shoot in 2003 and took runner-up.
JR Long has won many more titles in his trap shooting career in addition to making many other contributions to the trapshooting sport a few of which include:
- Raising close to $100,000.00 dollars for charities and individuals in need
- JR has designed and made the following rings
- Trapshooting Grand Slam ring
- Perfect 500 Singles Squad ring
- ATA Hall of Fame ring
- Lifetime Achievement Award ring
To date the sole recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award ring is Jerry O'Conner who was presented with the prestigious award at the 2022 Texas State Shoot.
Darin Clawson starting shooting trap in 2001 at the San Angelo Claybird Gun Club. To date, he has registered over 135,000 targets in all three disciplines. He was the Teas State Doubles Champion in 2006 with a lone 99 and has been in the hunt for State Championship titles for the last 16 years. Darin has placed on the Texas State Team six times.
He served as a TTA officer from 2008 to 2010, was President of the TTA in 2010 and served on the Hall of Fame committee for an additional 5 years.
He has led the San Angelo trap program and continues to be instrumental in running, scoring and cashiering tournaments throughout West Texas. He has also served as target setter and trap mechanic at shoots all over Texas.
Kenneth “Kenny” Gayle Hilger, 77, passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. He was born in Denton, TX on August 31, 1944 to James Hilger and Sara Aline Hunsucker Hilger, both of whom preceeded him in death along with his sisters, Charlene Faye ”Puggie” Nichol and Marion Marlene Hilger. Kenny married Lawanda Jan Murray on February 17, 1967 at the Ponder Baptist Church. Early on Kenny was employed as a lineman and a mechanic, then subsequently owned and operated Muffler Master shops in Denton, Plano, Sherman, and Durant, OK for the next 28 years. His later years were spent, in partnership with Bobby Neu, acquiring and managing rental properties.
Kenny is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jan Hilger, their children, Mark Harold Hilger of Flower Mound, his wife Janet, and Kristin Laurann Rodriguez of Denton and four grandchildren Kayla Hilger, Ethan Hilger, Jackson Rodriguez, and Noah Rodriguez. Other survivors include his brother Charles Ray Hilger of Ravenna, and brother-in-law, William Earl “Butch” Nichol of Denton. Devoted husband, father, grandfather, and a friend to many, all were a special part of Kenny’s life, and he will be greatly missed.
A business man of many diverse talents with a passion for succeeding in various hobbies ranging from fishing to competitive drag racing and shotgun or rifle events, Kenny was “hands on'' and “self taught” whether it was building a business, drag racing cars, or converting a seated coach to a luxurious RV for their travels to events around the country. Telling Kenny that something couldn’t be done was not an option as he would find a way to make it happen or come up with a better plan. He belonged to the South Central Bus Nuts Club, American Trapshooting Association, Texas Trapshooters Association, North Texas Shooters Association, and American Rimfire Association. Being the “horse trader” he was, Kenny also enjoyed buying and selling firearms, vehicles, etc. over the years. His quiet time was spent riding Champ, his favorite horse.
A memorial service will take place on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 3:00 PM at DeBerry Funeral Home, 2025 West Univerity Drive, Denton, TX. A Celebration of Life reception at the Women’s Club, 610 Oakland Sreet will follow until 6 PM.
Memorials can be made to the Texas Trapshooters Association Youth Scholarship Fund, Jerry O’Conner, Trustee, 907 South Main, Hereford, TX, 70045.
Honorary Pallbearers include: Jackson Rodriguez, Noah Rodriguez, Ethan Hilger, Max Neu,
Zach Neu, and Chase Eager.
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