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Sonny Cowden was very proud of his many time NFR qualifer, past BFI champion nephew, Cody Cowden.

Kendra Santos
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You can’t talk about the glory days of team roping in California without mention of generations of the Cowden family. Sonny Cowden was a strong branch of that family tree, and I was sadly surprised and also touched that so many members of our extended rodeo family reached out to share the news of Sonny’s unexpected passing in the early morning hours (of Sunday, June 27).

YUBA CITY, CALIF. – It is with great sadness we announce our mom and grandma Sandi Kenney passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021. Sandi was born on June 28, 1944 in Clovis. Sandi was born into an Air Force family and grew up in various places around the world.


Wally Heard, 1930-2020


Vernon and Norma Green.

VALLEY SPRINGS, CALIF. – Vernon Lee Green was born in Bengal, Oklahoma on Feb. 13, 1949 to William David Green and Mauline Heaton. He went home to be with the Lord on May, 5, 2021.


Ray Engel and his wife Frankie stand with the Currin family in 2011, from left to right: Ron Currin, Rayanne Engel-Currin and their twins Rayna and Riley Currin.

CLEMENTS, CALIF. – Retired Fire Chief Raymond “Ray” Engel passed on April 19, 2021 at 81 years of age. Ray passed at his home in Clements with wife of 58 years, Frankie, at his side. Born in Lodi, Calif., on June 14, 1939 to Fredrick Alvin Engel and Marie Elisabeth Geringer. Married to Frances “Frankie” Granlees on February 3, 1963. Proud father to Robert David Engel and Rayanne Marie Engel-Currin and “Papa” to his grandchildren twins Riley and Rayna Currin.