Tony West: A life cut short

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October 16, 2019 - 10:09 AM

Tony Joe West after a 1975 victory at a Lake Charles, Louisiana, shoot, with trophies.

As an unemployed skeet shooter, Tony West, then 18 and a college dropout after only one week, became restless. For reasons unknown he left his parents’ home and moved to Tulsa where there were plenty of employment opportunities as well as many shooting venues. While there, he lived with friend and fellow shooter, Fred Peters, until he could get his feet on the ground. According to former skeet shooting friends, Tony bounced from one job to another, never quite finding the right situation. He then tried a stint of living on his own, but after about six months decided that he’d had enough, and returned home to Richmond to live with Joe and Mary. 

Being at home again and convinced he was not college material, Tony found employment with Commodore Home Systems in nearby Ottawa. At Commodore, Tony was on a team that built mobile homes. 

The full-time meant there was less time for skeet shooting, but he kept at it. 

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