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Billy Raymond Bascom (1925 - 2010)

Billy Raymond Bascom passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 2 PM at his home in Apple Valley, California.  He was the son of rodeo cowboy and rancher John Raymond Bascom and Ethel Marion Court, the paternal grandson of rodeo stock contractor and deputy sheriff John W. Bascom and Rachel Lybbert, and maternal grandson of Raymond town mayor George Court and Margaret Shields.  Billy is survived by his three siblings - Bernice Evans of Springdale, Arkansas; Wesley Bascom of Mountain View, Alberta; and Hazel Ralph of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada - his wife Eloise and their five children - Barbara Casady of Apple Valley, California; Tom Bascom of Aberdeen, Idaho; Jean Wilkerson of Orem, Utah; Richard Bascom of Birmingham, Alabama; and Anita Packer of Apple Valley, California – and 31 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.  Born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada in 1925, Billy was raised on ranches in Stirling, Alberta, Canada and in Eastend, Saskatchewan, Canada.  He worked on other ranches including the famous MacIntyre Ranch outside of Cardston, Alberta.   A former rodeo cowboy, rodeo clown, rodeo trick rider, roman horse racer, rodeo wild horse racer, riding stable owner and western artist, Billy Bascom lived to be just nine days shy of his 85th birthday anniversary.  After moving to California from Canada in 1946, he lived in the towns of Southgate, Mira Loma, Carlsbad, Barstow, Hesperia, Victorville, and Apple Valley.  His main vocation was in the construction business as a plastering contractor, but he also owned or operated riding stables in California at Apple Valley, Victorville, Carlsbad and Calico Ghost Town.  He furnished horses for the movie industry, posed for an Acme Boot Company magazine advertisement, and was an extra, along with his oldest son Tom, in the T.V. western movie “Go West Young Dog” filmed by Disney at Calico in 1973. 

Funeral services will be held in the Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 15500 Tuscola Road, Apple Valley, California on Saturday April 17 at 11 AM, with viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 AM before the services.  Bishop Perry Self will be officiating.  Billy will be interred near his Uncle Earl Bascom at the Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley.

 Bill Bascom Crooper Vault 1968

The famous action photo of Billy Bascom, taken in 1968 at the Eastend Stampede in Eastend, Saskatchewan, Canada, shows him doing a difficult trick riding stunt, called the crooper vault, off the backend of his horse at the very moment that the horse unexpectedly bucked.  


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Gary LaMont Lybbert




Gary LaMont Lybbert age 56 passed away of a massive heart attack while vacationing at the Grand Canyon on April 26, 2010.

Gary worked and resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Patricia Novak. Gary was born December 24, 1953 in Moses Lake, Washington. He was the oldest child of Kay Lamont and Norma Elaine (Ostler) Lybbert. Gary graduated from Jenkins High School in Chewelah, Washington in 1972.

Gary received his Associates Degree from Spokane Falls Community College and worked as a cardiovascular technologist. He was on the team that performed the first artificial heart transplant. He designed and supervised the construction of multiple cardiac catheterization labs around the country. He was renowned for his expertise, knowledge, and kindness in his professional community.

Gary was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, and uncle. Gary loved to entertain others with his quick wit and sense of humor. He was known for his selfless service, kindness, and sensitivity. He overcame tremendous obstacles in his life and remained the optimist. He loved history, golf, being outdoors, and his family.

Gary is survived by his wife, Patricia Novak, Albuquerque, NM; his parents, Kay and Norma Lybbert, Warden, WA; his sons Kevin, Michael, and Matthew Lybbert; siblings, Alane Watkins, Otis Orchards, WA; Fred Lybbert, Chandler, AZ; Carol Jean Turley, Twin Falls, ID; Janene Jensen, Colville, WA; Emily Hansen, Riverton, UT. He also was step-father to Drew & Jennifer Mahan, Houston, TX; and Dusty Mahan, Panama City, FL. Grandchildren included Abigail and Lillian Mahan. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jonathan Michael Lybbert and his daughter, Melissa Lybbert.

Memorial service in honor of Gary will be held in Albuquerque, NM. There will be a viewing on Friday, April 30 from 5-7pm at the Kayser Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake. Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Warden Chapel on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 10:00 am. Family viewing will precede the funeral services at 9:00am.

Arrangements are in care of Kayser’s Chapel & Crematory, Moses Lake. You may sign the guestbook or leave a note for the family at www.kayserschapel.com.