David Louis Mills of Pleasanton passed away on June 14, 2019, the passing of a real cowboy.

Poke, as he was known, was born in Sanderson on July 26, 1935 to Richard and Catherine Mills. He is preceded in death by his parents and three siblings; Dorothy Annette Rheinlander, Richard Mills, and Nancy Ljungdahl. He spent his childhood on his family’s ranch near Big Wells and thus began his love of ranching.

Much of his adult life was spent working at the Hixon Ranch in Cotulla. Poke was a true ranch cowboy.

Poke will be remembered for living life his way. He worked hard and played hard. He was also a man with a generous heart.

He is survived by his children; David Mills and wife Susie and Dana Sanders and husband Edward, three grandchildren; Katie Sanders Gulley, David Hunter Mills and Haley Elizabeth Mills, great-grandchildren; Liam and Logan Gulley and Miles David Friday and nephew Clint Ljungdahl, special friend Ali Montoya, all whom he loved dearly.

His life apart from ranching, was full of hunting, fishing, and travels with his dear friends Marion Allen and Tom Metcalf.

Poke had the tenderness of spirit to love and care for cats and the tenacity to withstand his rough career in life. He fought the elements of ranching head on.

The memorial service will be held at Pleasanton First United Methodist Church, 420 N Main, Pleasanton, Texas on Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Atascosa Animal Control.

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