OBITUARIES

Opinion
Aug 28, 2009
by WLJ
OBITUARIES

Dean H. Parker

Auctioneer, rancher, horse breeder, pilot, Dean Parker passed away peacefully at home August 20, 2009, due to heart failure at the age of 78. Mr. Parker served the Pacific Quarter Horse Association (PCQHA) for many years as a member of the board and as auctioneer for all the PCQHA auction sales for many years. He was the original auctioneer for the All American Quarter Horse Futurity Sale, and held that position for the first 12 years of the sale. For 40 years, during the 1960s through the 1990s, Dean sold an average of over 300 auctions a year, a large portion of them being Quarter Horse sales. Many sales were purebred cattle sales, and livestock market sales. He traveled extensively to those sales in his own airplane and logged over 22,000 hours of pilot time. Dean was the owner/partner of three large Quarter Horse breeding ranches: Meadow Creek Ranch in Auburn, CA; Magic Valley Stallion Station in

Filer, ID; and Logan River Ranch in Logan, UT. During those years Dean owned some of the most renowned stallions in the world, such as Sugar Bars, Buzz Bar, Jayhawker Bar, Moon Deck, Truly Truckle, Jet On, Deep River, Grand Valley, and others. For 35 years he maintained a broodmare band of as many as 85 mares. Due to heart complications, Dean retired from auctioneering in 1999. He and his wife became missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Hawaii. Dean is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 56 years; seven children, 35 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.

Elmer Kelton

Elmer Stephen Kelton, 83, died Saturday. He was born April 29, 1926, at Horse Camp in Andrews County, TX, to Mr. and Mrs. R.W. “Buck” Kelton, and grew up on the McElroy Ranch in Upton and Crane counties.

He completed his education at the University of Texas after serving in Europe during World War II. Kelton married Anna Lipp of Ebensee, Austria, in 1947 and began a career in agriculture journalism at the San Angelo Standard-Times in 1949. He became editor of the Sheep & Goat Raiser magazine in 1963 and associate editor of Livestock Weekly in 1968, retiring in 1990. Kelton maintained a parallel career as a freelance writer, beginning with short stories in the post-war pulp magazine trade, progressing to novels, non-fiction books and countless magazine articles. In all, he wrote more than 40 books, including “The Time it Never Rained,” “The Wolf and the Buffalo,” “The Day the Cowboys Quit,” and “The Good Old Boys,” which became a Turner Network movie directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones. Kelton was named the No. 1 western writer of all time by the Western Writers of America. The WWA voted him seven Spur Awards for best Western novel of the year and the career Saddleman Award, and he received four Western Heritage Wrangler awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ann Kelton of San Angelo, TX; sons Gary Kelton of Plainview, TX; and Steve Kelton of San Angelo, with wife Karen McGinnis, and daughter Kathy Kelton, also of San Angelo and companion Pat Hennigan.

He and Ann have four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and one greatgreat grandchild. He is also survived by his brothers, Merle and wife Ann of May, TX; Bill and wife Pat of Atlanta, TX; and Eugene and wife Peggy of McCamey, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the giver’s favorite charity or the Tom Green County Library’s Elmer Kelton statue fund through the San Angelo Area Foundation at 2201 Sherwood Way, Suite 205, San Angelo, TX 76901.

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