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Dr. J. Pat Evans checks on a patient.

 Courtesy ProRodeo.com

   COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The rodeo and sports world lost a legend and pioneer in Dr. J. Pat Evans.
Evans, one of the founders of Justin Sportsmedicine Program, who was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2004, passed away July 22. He was 88. Evans is survived by sons, Kirk and Mike.


Wendell Branton

     LEBANON, OREGON – Wendell Ray Branton, 74, of Lebanon, passed away April 16, 2019, at Samaritan Albany General Hospital.


Chad Nicholson

Courtesy ProRodeo

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Chad Nicholson, a PRCA announcer since 1993, passed away May 17 in the mountains in Woodlake, Calif., in a jeep accident. He was 50. Nicholson is survived by his wife, Jennifer Welch Nicholson, who has a PRCA specialty act, the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls.


Glenn Girard

BRANSON, MO – Glenn was born on April 7, 1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Lloyd and Marcella Coste Girard. He passed away on April 20, 2019 in Branson. He had been a resident of the area since 2010, moving here from California.


Connie Britton

     Constance Adele Britton lived a full life indeed in her 91+ years. Born in Oakdale to Pierce and Hilda Aker of Valley Home, she had two daughters: Debby Sanguinetti (Bill) and Susan Johnson (deceased) and was preceded in death by her husband Dr John W. Britton. She is survived by her grandson Travis Johnson, stepdaughter Katie Craig (Pat), stepson John Britton (Alberta) and Dr. Bruce and Rundi Johnson. She married “Doc” in 1967 and became the office manager/receptionist for his equine veterinary practice that later became Pioneer Equine Hospital, where she was known by many clients as “Connie who answered the phone.”