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Empty Saddles - Obituaries


Placerville, CA — Byron Gist, father of Gary of Gist Silversmiths, passed away comfortably at his home surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

Auberry, CA –Ron Good-rich, who qualified for the Nat-ional Finals Rodeo nine times as a team roping header, died Nov. 26 at his home in Auberry, Calif. He was 69.

Vacaville, CA – Oliver “Ollie” Simpson passed away on Thanksgiving with family by his side at the age of 74. 

Ashley Marie Escobar lost her courageous battle with cancer on Nov. 14, 2013 at home. Ashley was born on May 1, 1987 in King City, Calif. She attended school in the King City School District and graduated from King City High School in 2005. She participated in volleyball, track and high school rodeo.

On Oct. 16, 2013, God called home a true cowboy. Abigah Elum Duncan, Sr. was born on Feb. 25, 1920, in York, Ariz., to Gus and Nora Duncan. At a young age Bige was quite a horseman and a good ranch hand. Bige graduated from high school in Kingman, Ariz., in 1939. He worked alongside his parents on the Walnut Creek Ranch until 1946 when the Duncan family moved to Lovelock. There Bige and his parents bought the old Salinas Ranch and lived until his final days.