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Empty Saddles - Obituaries


Walt Woodward

By Walt Woodard
Special To Ropers Sports News


I admire bravery, I think we all do. It doesn’t have to be only on the battlefield. I hear stories about soldiers that have done amazing things under fire to save their men. Believing in a cause so strong that you no longer think of yourself first is something extra ordinary. During my life I have been extremely fortunate to have met so many amazing people with character and qualities that I would like to possess. Most of them you have never heard of. They are not famous or sports athletes, just everyday people. When faced with things that we fear they do and say the right thing.

Randy Robinson, 1953-2012

Randy Clifford Robinson, age 58, returned home to his Lord and Savior on July 18, 2012, in French Camp, Calif., after a two-year battle with cancer.

Randy was born to the late Vaughn Robinson and Ruth Wisdom on December 11, 1953. He is also preceded in death by his grandmother, Murial Robinson; his mother-in-law, Ann Roberts and his brother-in-law, Jimmie Roberts.

Melvin A. Bettencourt, age 83, a devoted son and loving partner, passed away on July 7, 2012. Mel, a 65+ year resident of Merced County, was born in Snelling, Calif., on Nov. 3, 1928, to Joseph and Amelia Bettencourt.

Mel spent his early years in Snelling working his parents’ dairy farm. As a young man, he moved to Oregon, where he worked for many years driving logging trucks for the timber industry. Throughout his life, he held a variety of jobs including rancher, cattle worker, truck driver, farmer, arena operator, and roper.

Dal Scott, 1933-2012

San Diego, CA

Dal Scott, 79, passed away peacefully at his home in Jamul, Calif., on June 27, surrounded by his family.

Considered a leading entrepreneur, innovator and visionary in the human and equine orthopedic product industries, Scott was president and CEO of Professional’s Choice Sports Medicine Products Inc.