Voice of our beloved Big Tex, Mr. Robert “Bob” Boykin, has passed away
Bob (August 28, 1946 – January 23, 2020) was a true Texan – born in Dallas and raised in Richardson, he graduated from high school in North Texas. He worked as an announcer for Green Valley Raceway to put himself through college at Arlington State College (now known as the University of Texas at Arlington.) He joined the United States Marine Corps and eventually settled into a more than 40-year career at Lockheed Martin. During that time, he had a hand in designing projects like the stealth bomber and F-16, in addition to guiding tours around the Fort Worth plant for dignitaries from all over the world.
While he accomplished many great things, he held tightly to a dream he had ever since he a young boy. His dream was to be the voice of Big Tex.
“People have bucket list items of things they want to do in their life. Bob never dreamed he would have the opportunity to voice Big Tex. But he was able to finish that item. He lived his dream,” said Terri Boykin, Bob’s wife of more than 10 years.
Bob has voiced the iconic cowboy for the past seven years under anonymity. In fact, he was known for talking with fairgoers on the grounds during his breaks, so you may have spoken with the man himself. One of his favorite parts of voicing Big Tex was being able to watch the crowds and see the look on a child’s face the first time they saw the 55-foot cowboy in person. He also loved to see his beloved United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps march by Big Tex, making a special announcement when they did so.
Thank you for bringing so much joy and life to our iconic cowboy, Bob. We will miss you deeply.
Details about the process of finding a new voice for Big Tex will be announced in the coming months.