OBITUARIES

Opinion
Jul 8, 2011
by WLJ

Margaret A. Patton

Margaret A. Patton of Fort Collins, CO, passed away on July 2, 2011. She was 86 years old. Margaret was born Jan. 24, 1925, to Peter and Frances Burggraff in Stratton, CO. Margaret was one of nine children. Born a twin, she was so tiny at birth that her bed was a shoebox and her head fit into a small teacup. The family moved to Brighton, CO, were she graduated from Brighton High School, and then to Denver, CO, where Margaret met her husband, Richard Patton, during WWII. They were married on Nov. 23, 1946.

In accordance with her love of the livestock industry, she went to work at Record Stockman for several years and earned the lifelong respect of the editor and publisher. Shortly thereafter, while raising a family of four children, she returned to work at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo. She worked there from 1965 until her retirement as executive secretary in 1988. Margaret had many fond memories of the stock show, including working with “celebrities, board members, and exhibitors.” She especially enjoyed riding in the stock show stagecoach during performances of the rodeo, waving at the crowd, and having her children lead livestock into the arena.

Margaret was a long-term resident of Marston Shores in Littleton, CO, where she was the “get it done” person in the homeowners board. She enjoyed gardening and spending summer weekends with her family at their mountain cabin in Bailey, CO. For the past nine years, she was a resident of Columbine Care Center West in Fort Collins where the caring staff helped her stay independent and feisty. Margaret was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her favorite sayings were “you can do anything that you put your mind to,” and “dynamite comes in small packages.” She was 4’9” tall, but very dynamic. Margaret was involved with Executive Secretaries International, Mother of Twins Club,

Alter and Rosary Society Notre Dame Catholic Church.

Margaret is survived by her sons, Mark Patton and his wife Paula of Foxfield, CO, and Richard Patton Jr. of Denver, CO; her daughters, Marchell Fletcher of Durango, CO, and Marcia Patton-Mallory and her husband Robert Mallory of Fort Collins; grandchildren, Jessica Mallory of Fort Collins, CO, and Dustin Mallory and his wife Christene of Erie, CO; and 1 great-grandchild, Cayden Mallory. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, sisters and husband. She will always be cherished in our hearts.

Johnny Floyd Summerour Johnny

Floyd Summerour, 76, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, in Amarillo, TX.

Johnny was born Dec. 9, 1934, at Pronger Ranch to Elmer and Dorothy Pronger Summerour. He lived at Summerour Ranch all of his life, doing what he loved to do: working with cattle and raising registered Herefords.

Johnny graduated from Stratford High School and attended Panhandle State College in Goodwell. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Dalhart, TX. On July 4, 1954, he married JoWayne Harding of Stratford, TX and they were married for 57 years.

Johnny was active in many different organizations. He served as director for Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Association for 15 years, was president of the Texas Hereford Association for two years, was president of Panhandle Livestock Association, and president of Great Plains Hereford Association of Guymon, OK. He served on the Stratford School Board for five years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Melody Sample and husband Buddy, and Stephanie Sanders, all of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two broth ers,

Jimmy and wife Helen, and Buzz and wife Nell, all of Dalhart; and a sister, Donna Brasch and husband Bob of Los Angeles, CA, and several nieces and nephews.

The family requests memorials be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 801 Denver Ave, Dalhart, TX 79022 or a charity of your choice.

James “Jim” Lowell Probert

James “Jim” Lowell Probert passed away July 4, 2011, at the age of 77 in Enterprise, OR. Jim was born Jan. 21, 1934, in Chowchilla, CA, to Jack Probert and Hazel Cocanouer Probert.

Jim was a true gentleman, cowboy, husband, father, papa, rancher, cattle buyer, team roper and master of pit BBQs.

Jim grew up on the Johnson Hereford Ranch in Planada, CA, which his dad, Jack Probert, managed for decades. Jim met Clarabelle “C.Belle” Settrini of Salinas California at Fresno State University and they were married on July 24, 1954, a marriage that lasted for 44 years. Jim and C.Belle had three children; Jim Jr., Carol and Danny.

Jim spent his early life ranching and raising and training horses in the Sierra foothills around Mariposa and Merced, CA. In 1967, Jim and C. Belle moved the family and joined their partners Steve and Trudy Allison in buying and running the Joseph Creek Ranch in Wallowa County, OR. Jim would ranch in Wallowa County his entire life. He especially enjoyed spending time on the Dead Horse Ridge Ranch out in the Divide Country.

In 1978, Jim took over the management of the Enterprise Livestock Auction and would continue in that role until 1984. The sales yard and the Wallowa County Stockgrower’s and Cowbelle’s association were the hub of the county ranching community.

Jim’s life always revolved around cattle and good horses. He had an eye for horses and would own many

top horses throughout his life, two of which ended up in the movies. The most famous was the grey horse that David Carradine rode in the movie Silverado. Jim was involved with the California Rodeo in Salinas beginning in the 1950s and served as a committeeman for over 50 years. He was also involved in many ways with Chief Joseph Days rodeo in Joseph, OR. He was in charge of the chutes for the timed events, supplied stock-including cows for the famous Longhorn wild cow milking, was a buckle sponsor for many years, and also the Grand Marshall in 2005.

He donated time, money, auctioneering services and many other talents to different organizations in the county including FFA, 4-H, the Enterprise Amateur Rodeo, the All Girls Rodeo, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wallowa County Fair and many others. He was honored with “Father of the Year” for Wallowa County in 1984.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Hazel Probert, a sister, Frances Binning, and wife, C.Belle. He is survived by Jim and Kristi Probert, Carol and Jon Watts, and Dan and Suzy Probert; four grandsons: Justin and Jay Watts, Dustin Probert, and Russell Probert; one granddaughter, Jessica Probert; and also his special friend, Char Williams.

A celebration of life for Jim will be held in Joseph, OR, on July 13 at 3:00 pm at the Rodeo Grounds in the Thunderoom. A pit BBQ dinner will also be served in honor of Jim following the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Boucher/ Probert family Memorial Scholarship fund. Contributions can be made in care of Community Bank of Joseph.

Jim’s family would like to thank everyone who came by and visited Papa. Thank you to the wonderful nurses and doctors at the Wallowa County Hospital. You were so caring to Papa and to the family … you are truly appreciated.

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