Empty Saddles

Empty Saddles - Obituaries

 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.

1931 - 2015

Courtesy ProRodeo.com
and the Branco family

 Dan Branco, who was the patriarch of a California family that has competed at the top level of ProRodeo for three generations, passed away Nov. 16 in Chowchilla, Calif., at the age of 84.

 Dec. 10, 1979 – Oct. 2, 2015

RENO, NEVADA – Rhonda Marie Garaventa, 35, peacefully passed to be with the Lord on Oct. 2, 2015, after a courageous battle with colon cancer, while surrounded by her family.

James E. (Doc) Perry, DVM

Dec. 28, 1935 – Aug. 23, 2015

James E. (Doc) Perry passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015 in Eagle Point, Ore.

Theresa Paulmann

July 31, 1962 – July 18, 2015

Theresa Paulmann, born July 31, 1962, entered into rest July 18, 2015, surrounded by family, after a hard fought battle with cancer.