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Brea McGrew, DVM

DIXON, CALIF. – Debrann (Brea) McGrew, DVM, MS was born August 27, 1953 in Elkhorn, Wisconsin to Harry and Myrtle Koenen (both deceased). Brea lived in Dixon, Calif. with her husband Robert McGrew. A cowgirl by trade, Brea was rounding up calves for the spring branding out in the foothills of Winters, Calif.,  with her family on May 3, 2020. A beautiful spring day met tragedy when Brea fell with her horse. After a week of subsequent medical complications, Brea passed away in Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center on May 9, 2020 with her family by her side.


Julie Ann Sell

It is with great sadness that we in the office had to say goodbye to Julie Sell, the “backbone” of Ropers Sports News production and a fixture at the Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping in Reno, Nev.


John Marvin Smalley passed away peacefully at his home in Snelling, Calif., on January 10. He was 79 years old.


Tod Cline of Sparks, Nevada passed away on November 19, 2019 in Fallon, Nevada. Tod was born in Carson City, Nevada on August 26, 1957 to Wayne Cline and Irene Cline (Ryan).