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Bob Thain

Courtesy ProRodeo.com

Robert (Bob) Thain, a ProRodeo Hall of Famer, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 2 at age 85 following a brief illness.
Thain was inducted in the Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1999 as a Notable for his contributions to the sport of rodeo. Thain helped reorganization efforts as co-commissioners of the PRCA, was part of efforts to move the National Finals Rodeo from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas and was on the PRCA Board of Directors for nearly two decades.

   Bill Adams, 75, of Fallon, passed away peacefully at his home on August 11, 2021.
   Bill and his wife Claudia were part of the California and Nevada team roping hub for many years with Bill announcing and Claudia running the ropings. Bill also was a many time announcer of the Bob Feist Invitational.

Sonny Cowden was very proud of his many time NFR qualifer, past BFI champion nephew, Cody Cowden.

Kendra Santos
Media/News Company

You can’t talk about the glory days of team roping in California without mention of generations of the Cowden family. Sonny Cowden was a strong branch of that family tree, and I was sadly surprised and also touched that so many members of our extended rodeo family reached out to share the news of Sonny’s unexpected passing in the early morning hours (of Sunday, June 27).

YUBA CITY, CALIF. – It is with great sadness we announce our mom and grandma Sandi Kenney passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021. Sandi was born on June 28, 1944 in Clovis. Sandi was born into an Air Force family and grew up in various places around the world.

Wally Heard, 1930-2020