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Douglas (Doug) Paul Babbitt 62, Born in Mesa Arizona passed away peacefully January 5, 2015. He is survived by a sister, and numerous cousins.  Doug was predeceased in death by his father, Myron, and grandparents, Paul and Lillian Babbitt.

Von “A” Twitchell, of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, took his final ride December 31, 2014 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He was born January 3, 1932 in Manila, Utah. He was 82.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Bess Twitchell; their children, Robin and Carl, Patricia, Angie and Jim, Eva, Frank and Mary, Samantha; grandchildren, Travis, Shannon, Frank, Chancy, Michaelle, Clinton, Scott, James, Lucas, Kristina, Nawketa, Kelsey, Tyson, Tanya, Jessi, Jake, John, Scott, Jennifer; great grandchildren, Cheyanne, Austin, Bob, Justin, Mckayla, Madison, Alex, Chase, Clay, Richard, Robert, Caleb, Isabella, Max, Cierra, Bryce, Ares, Thorn, Cooper, Grace, Tyler, Trent, Peyton, Skyler. 

LINCOLN, CALIF. – Kelly Joseph Bess, age 52, of Lincoln, succumbed to cancer at home surrounded by his family on September 21, 2014.

AMARILLO, TEX – Virgil L. “Dink” Cottrell was born Jan. 12, 1935, in Vilas, Colo., in his parents home to Virgil and Opal Thompson Cottrell. The family moved to Montrose, Colo., where Dink graduated from high school. He passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2014, in Amarillo, Texas.

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Gilbert A. Reynolds, 77, died Feb. 25 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Luna, N.M. to Abraham Owen and Fanny Letta (Jepson) Reynolds. As a young boy he grew up on the family’s homestead in Luna. Later they moved to Mesa, Arizona where he attended school.

Gilbert traveled from rodeo to rodeo along the western states as a PRCA member his entire life and was a two-time competitor at the National Finals in Oklahoma City. He partnered with Nicky Nichols in 1967 and in 1971 with Gene Ray Ward. He was a cattleman and horse breeder and was known best for his stud horse, Frostys Tops.