Jeff Coady Obituary

Jeffrey Austin Coady, age 62 of Luling, TX, passed away on August 26th.
Jeff will forever be loved and missed by his wife Nelda, two brothers: Jack Coady Jr. (Mary Lou) of Iowa, Clay Coady (Nephew Ryan) of Arizona, his four boys, Shawn of Arizona, Kevin (Robin and his Grandson Ethan) of Arizona, Kurtis (Linda) of Texas and Christopher of Arizona. He is also survived by his step mother Jane Coady of Arizona, mother in law Malvonee Hall of Texas, daughters Genia Zamora (Henry and grandchildren Corey and Crista) of Texas, Shanna Swinney (Drew) of Florida and his sister in law Sharon Grimes (Mike) of Texas. Jeff was born on August 8th, 1951 to parents Jack Sr. and Florence Coady in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Jeff started working for his father Jack Sr’s company, Coady Photography, at the age of 14. Working with his older brother Jack Jr., they dedicated their lives to Coady Photography and the horse racing industry. Jeff followed his passion of horse racing photography and traveled around North America working at various racetracks. He began with Turf Paradise in Arizona and racetracks throughout western Canada continued onto some of the most prestigious tracks in the country Oaklawn Park in Arkansas and Keeneland in Kentucky. Three of his four boys Shawn, Kevin and Kurtis (Third Generation) also work for the company. Over the last ten years Jeff worked alongside his loving wife Nelda at various racetracks.

With Jeff’s love and generosity he has always made his family and friends a priority. He has made many lifelong friends in his travels and touched the lives of all that knew him. He was always the first to offer assistance and always lent a hand to those in need. His passing is a loss to the world of horse racing.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Luling, TX at 1:00pm on Wednesday, September 4th. In lieu of flowers, Jeff’s family request that donations be made to the Oaklawn Park Chaplaincy, P.O. Box 20564, Hot Springs, AR 71903 and or the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 90, Luling, TX 78648. Memorials will also be held at Oaklawn Park and in Arizona at a later date.