Roger Smith, 82, of Daniel, passed away peacefully in his home with his family by his side Feb. 9. Roger was an amazing husband, father, friend and artist. He was born in Redwood Falls, Minn., Aug. 11, 1931, where he was raised on the family farm. From a very young age Roger loved horses. They were his passion. Throughout his life, he raised, loved and trained many horses. As a young man, he had a fun-loving sense of humor, playing pranks and jokes on family and friends. He enjoyed his saddle club and going to rodeos and horseshows.
Before going to Germany to serve his country in the 2nd Armored Division, he married Margaret Elliot, his high school sweetheart. They had just recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. After his tour of duty in the service, he returned home to attend college at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, obtaining his degree in range management.
Roger became a government trapper and worked throughout the Wyoming area. Later he began working for the Bureau of Land Management. He worked throughout the Wyoming and Colorado range areas. Before his retirement from the Bureau of Land Management in Craig, Colo., he worked with the Wild Horse Program in Sand Wash Basin. During his work in Colorado, Roger adopted and trained seven wild horses, taking them to horse shows around the country and winning many awards.
After retirement Roger concentrated on his artwork. He loved to do leather work, horsehair hitching, rawhide braiding and chainsaw carvings. Rogerís creative spirit will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Margaret; son Allan (Donna) Smith from Evanston; daughters Becky (Ken) Marincic from Daniel and Cathy (Bill) Mason from Lake Fork, Ill.; grandchildren Cory, Shannon and Will Smith, Sarah VanRiper, Erin Siems, Jason Marincic and Chauntea Mason; great-grandchildren Phalen Smith and Colter and Trevor Siems.
Some people would describe Roger as a true cowboy of the American West. Even now, we can see him riding off into the sunset on one of his favorite horses humming an old Johnny Cash tune.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Kickiní Cancer of Sublette County, P.O. Box 687, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941. Online condolences can be left at covillfuneralhome.com.
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