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Empty Saddles - Obituaries


1940 - 2016

Digger was raised in Childress, Texas on a cotton farm. In 1959, he moved to Ama­rillo, where through hard work he eventually began his mechanical construction business known as Howard’s Mechanical Co. Inc. Digger married Carolyn Schaffer in Childress in 1963.

  1952 - 2016

By Tanya Randall
Special To Ropers Sports News

 Champion barrel racer, leading horse breeder, veterinarian and devoted wife and mother Ruth (Smith) Haislip of Acampo, Calif., passed away March 13, 2016 from complications of interstitial lung disease. She was 63.

 Oct. 28, 1956 - Feb. 15, 2016

Courtesy PRCA

 Lewis Feild, a five-time world champion and ProRodeo Hall of Famer, died Feb. 15 after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 59.

Feild, who was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and lived in Elk Ridge near Payson, Utah, won his first all-around world title in 1985, becoming the first roughstock cowboy to do so since Larry Mahan in 1973.

 Apr. 20, 1932 - Jan. 24, 2016

Darwin W. Lamb, 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in his home in Cedar City, Utah, on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Darwin was one of 12 siblings born to William and Marion Lamb in Alamo, Nevada, on April 20, 1932.

 1931 - 2015

By Roy Pettit
Special To Ropers Sports News 

NEWMAN, CALIF. – The world of barrel racing has lost another of its legacy members. Carol Jane Pettit passed away the morning of July 17, 2015, at home surrounded by family members.

Carol was born Aug. 29, 1931, in Hollywood, Calif. Her adoptive parents operated a Gilmore gas station. She met her husband Wesley Olin Pettit while he was calf roping at the Los Angeles Coliseum. About 1960 they moved to central California.