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L.C. Smith

L.C. Smith, Jr. passed away at his home in Prather, Calif. at the age of 83. L.C. was born February 7, 1937 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Upon finishing high school, he attended Pierce College where he took up calf roping and steer wrestling. On November 3, 1957 he married his true love, Vivian Anderson who was his partner in life for 63 years.

Allen Sanders

Allen M. Sanders passed away suddenly at the ranch of cardiac arrest on June 8, 2020, at the age of 71 years.

One of the highlights of Gene Teixeira’s roping career was winning the prestigious Dr. Lane Falk Roping with his son David. It was held in February each year at the famous outdoor Chowchilla, Calif. arena. 247 teams entered the 1976 event in the 5 for $40 a man, enter twice roping. Their time on five was 81.94 seconds, which might seem long but in very sloppy conditions over a 35’ score, they edged out NFR ropers Julio Moreno and Denny Watkins. They each won $975. (Dr. Lane Falk presenting award to David and Gene Teixeira. Photo reprinted from March 1976 issue of Ropers Sports News).


By Steve Sherwood
Bill Sherwood’s son

PIMA, ARIZ. – On May 5, Bill Sherwood passed away due to cancer.
  He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marcia Lyn and four sons: Steve (Leigh), San Tan Valley; Dale (Deena), Casa Grande; Matt (Kim), Pima; and Kit (Sawnya), Pima, as well as 25 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by one son JC.