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Empty Saddles - Obituaries

James Caan (PRCA File Photo)

Courtesy ProRodeo.com

 James Caan, the veteran screen actor known for his work in films such as Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather,” “Misery” and “Elf,” passed away on July 6. He was 82.
 His family released a statement about his death on his verified Twitter account.
“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6,” the statement read. “The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
 They did not disclose a cause of death.

Charlene Jespersen

Charlene Jespersen, wife of David Mueller, Hanford businesswoman, and California rodeo champion, died Sunday, July 10, 2022, at her home. She was a secretary for the Hanford Adult High School for 37 years, which accommodated her schedule for co-ownership of Almas Flea Market and her passion for riding.

Cotton Rosser was presented the 2019 Legends of ProRodeo Award. – Photo by Vanessa Holder

By Kendra Santos

Cotton Rosser wore a lot of cowboy hats in his legendary life. The proud Rosser family patriarch made a mighty splash in the cowboy sport as a contestant, Cal Poly Rodeo standout, pioneer cowboy pilot, rancher, stock contractor and rodeo producer extraordinaire. Consummate showman Cotton earned his billing as the King of the Cowboys and The PT Barnum of Professional Rodeo for his signature fast-paced performances, and never stopped taking rodeo production to the next level by figuring out yet another way to wow the crowd and put a smile on every single spectator’s face. Cotton Rosser was a rodeo man like none other.  

November 17, 1960 - May 11, 2022