Delia Jean (Shaw) Devenport was born in San Antonio, Texas on February 28th, 1964. She was very proud to grow up a farmer’s daughter raised by her parents, Eugene and Donna Shaw alongside her brother Darin in Muleshoe, Texas.
Delia had a champion’s heart and it didn’t take her long after high school to find her way to the racetrack. She exercised and ponied some of the greatest racehorses of the Quarter Horse Racing Industry in her day, and at some of the most well known tracks including Lubbock Downs, Sunland Park, Ruidoso Downs, Los Alamitos, and Delta Downs.
In February of 1990 she married Lynn Devenport. She and Lynn started training horses and rodeoing that same year. They raised three daughters in the Rodeo way of life. She had a successful career including qualifying for the TCRA, NMRA, and NARC Finals; CGRA Year End Champion; filling her WPRA Professional card and winning The California Rookie of The Year.
In 1998 Delia and her family moved to California where she continued to train horses and rodeo. She went on to teach many young boys and girls how to ride and compete. She became a beloved coach and mentor to so many, teaching them skills and life lessons both inside and outside the arena and to ride hard, but live harder.
Delia was preceded in death by her parents Eugene and Donna Shaw. She is survived by her brother Darin Shaw, daughters Mindy Siataga, Destri Devenport, Macy Sanders and two grandchildren, SheaLynn and Deven Siataga.
Delia will be remembered for her quick and contagious laughter, her ability to find fun and mischief in almost any setting, and her toughness and strength that she not only exuded, but instilled in so many. She had a heart that loved to take care of others, and since she didn’t know how to cook in small amounts, had a place for everyone at her table.
On March 25th, 2018 God called her home. She is watching over her loved ones from above saying “I got you, Sugar!”
A memorial will be held in the future in Oceanside, California, close to the ocean where she always felt the freest.