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On Feb. 26, 2009, Harry went home to be with the Lord after a nineyear battle with cancer. Born Dec. 15, 1933, in Madera, CA, to Toby and Lottie May Gaskin, Harry knew as a boy he wanted only to be a cowboy.
Harry’s first cowboy job was when he was 14 and his last when he was 75 for his good friend Paul Lowrey. He also packed in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, rode race horses, working in a rock quarry and logged. He had many stallions and brood mares through the years. He loved the foals and broke horses until his later years.
On weekends, Harry rodeoed, riding bareback horses and saddle broncs, but his favorite was bull riding. After his rodeo days were over, Harry judged rodeos, hauled ranch kids to rodeos, and always ordered every channel that televised bull riding events. Hunting and fishing were things Harry enjoyed very much. Harry is survived by his wife Cathy; sisters Dorothy, Rita and Francis; brother Ralph; daughters Tanya, Memory, Trinity, Deborah and Donna; sons-in-law, Pete, Aaron, Bill and Richard; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A celebration of Harry’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, March 13, at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. It will be a potluck.
Max Spratling, 83, a well-known rancher and commercial Angus breeder from Starr Valley, Deeth, NV, died on Feb. 12 at his wife’s ranch home in Haines, OR, after a long illness. Max was born to Parley and Daisy Spratling on Sept. 12, 1925, at West Jordan, UT. He graduated from Jordan High School and on Sept. 6, 1946, he married Joyce Holt of South Jordan, UT. They were part of the family sheep and farm operations in Utah until 1962 when Max purchased a cattle ranch in Starr Valley, Deeth, NV. He was proud of the quality Angus cattle and Quarter horses he raised on his ranch.
Joyce passed away in 1989. Max continued to travel each year to the Thomas Angus Ranch bull sales at Baker City, OR, and there he met Martha Jane Colvin Jacobs, a rancher from Haines, OR. In 1991 they married, and Max began dividing his time between his Nevada ranch and Martha Jane’s ranch in Oregon. They traveled many times to Montana where Max purchased bulls from the Stevenson-Basin Angus ranches in Hobson, MT. Max was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Joyce; a brother and a twin sister who died as infants, and a sister, Dorothy Love. He is survived by his wife, Martha Jane; sisters, Rela Parr, Carol Hansen and Coleen Hall, all of Salt of Starr Valley, NV; seven grandchil- Lake City, UT; a brother, Calvin of dren and 12 great-grandchildren. At Pendleton, OR; daughter Wilma his request, his body was cremated Hamm (Gary) of Forest Lakes, AZ; and there will be a private family gath- sons, Boyd (Audrey) and Craig (Jean) ering later at his Starr Valley Ranch.