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Empty Saddles - Obituaries

Mr. Virginio “Gene” Correa Aguiar, Jr., 70, of Ninole, Hawaii, died at the Hillside Care Manor in Portland, Oregon, on Nov. 26, 2012. He was born in Laupahoehoe, Hawaii in 1942, and was the owner of American Pacific Inc. – Intl. (Ampac), Agee Inc. and A&A Trucking. He founded the American Cowboy Team Roping Assoc (ACTRA) in Hawaii and served on the national board.

Mark David MacKenzie, 61, husband, dad, brother, and uncle moved to heaven on Dec. 14, 2012. He was born Dec. 20, 1950 in Berkeley, Calif., and passed away in Moss Landing, Calif.

Mark lived his whole life in the Salinas Valley but took his seasonal trips for produce at winter destinations. His love for produce ran through his blood from his father, Harry MacKenzie. After 45 years of walking in the fields, doing inspections, seed research and development, sales and much more, he retired and decided to work on the 4M family ranch full time which he started. He was always a hard worker, loved animals and nature.

Arlene Mackerracher, 1940-2012

Arlene MacKerracher
Acampo, CA

Arlene Joan MacKerracher, a "very young" 71, left this earth after a short battle with cancer on August 9, 2012.

Arlene was born September 22, 1940, in Pensacola, Florida to Arthur and Virginia Chatham. Arlene’s father was in the Navy for 32 years, making her a "Navy brat." A large part of her schooling took place in Hawaii. Her family moved to Cupertino, Calif. when she was a high school senior. It was there that she met the love of her life, William J. MacKerracher, better known as Buzz.

Harry Cohn, 1930-2012

Harry Cohn, Jr.
Portola Valley, CA
May 25, 1930-Aug. 28, 2012

By Kendra Cohn

Harry Cohn was a cowboy. If ever a man gave Roy and Gene a run for their money, it may have been him. Although he was not known as a crooner, his dark hair, olive skin, and piercing blue eyes made many, many women swoon. Born and raised around San Francisco, Calif., Harry went into the army right after high school. At 21, he came home and married for the first of three times. He had two children, Paula and Ed, and raised them to appreciate good horses and Italian cooking. Harry made his living as a carpenter, but was very involved in the equine industry. Harry was a team roper and a darn good one. Possibly this was best reflected by his winning the Oakdale 10 Steer many years ago. He also trained and showed state champion cutting horses. He even became a breeder, whose lines turned out multiple champions in various events. In these ways, Harry kept himself busy enjoying what life had to offer him.

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.