|Birth: ||May 19, 1917|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 1, 2012|
San Bernardino County
He was born in Newell, South Dakota on May 9,1917. He grew up on a ranch in the San Jacinto Mountains and attended schools in Hemet.
As a young boy of 13, he started riding buckin' horses at the Indian Fiesta Rodeos and when he was about 15, he really got the rodeo bug. An original member, #145, of the Cowboys' Turtle Association in 1937, which is today known as the PRCA, Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association, he hit the rodeo circuit starting at the age of 17. He has shared numerous stories and belt buckles from this period of time.
During and in between rodeos, he worked for the Vale Cattle Company in Temecula, California.
While he was the Vaquero Boss on the Santa Rosa (now known as Rancho California), he married Ellen Louise Flack from Elsinore, California on May 17, 1941. Most recently they shared their 71st wedding anniversary.
While working on the Irvine Ranch and breaking horses, he began his service of four years in the United States Army that included a tour of Europe during World War II as a Sergeant. He spent three of those years serving with General Patton's Third Army.
After serving in the Army, he, his wife, and daughter, Susan lived in Banning where he worked as a lifeguard at his mom's trailer park and pool while breakin' and shoein' horses. Later they moved to the High Desert in 1951, becoming the ranch foreman of the Silver River Ranch.
Making the high desert a permanent home, he purchased an 18-acre ranch close to the river outside of Oro Grande. He then joined the local Riverside Cement Company in Oro Grande. Second daughter, Jody, came along in the high desert before any hospitals.
He continued breaking horses, roping weekly, and raised his own steers. He took night classes to study Spanish and was fully bilingual. He worked there for 30 years and retired as a heavy equipment operator. The family remained in Oro Grande until the late seventies and retired in Apple Valley, California.
He was recognized as Grand Marshall of the Hesperia Parade for the National Police Rodeo event in 1999. His last rodeo was just ten years ago, at the age of 85, winning the steer roping event at a National Police Rodeo. Belt buckles instead of trophies are numerous from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. His first buckle is from 1936 as all around cowboy.
He is most well known for his horse training expertise as he trained riding, roping, and race horses well into his 80's. For the next 30 years, he was active in the Apple Valley Sheriff's Posse Search and Rescue Team, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Rangers, National Police Rodeo Association, and as a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Reserve. He also volunteered in the local community teaching English to older adults for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Louise; his daughters, Susan Aguilar of Tepic, Nayarit Mexico and Jody Oliver of Apple Valley; his grandchildren, Angelita Aguilar, Alfonso Aguilar, Jose Aguilar, Tianna Wade, Noah Oliver, and Joel Oliver; four great grandchildren; numerous nieces, and nephews.
One great grandchild will be arriving this fall and will have Jo or Joseph as the middle name.
Sunset Hills Memorial Park
San Bernardino County
Created by: HistoryLove
Record added: Jul 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93640592