Legendary Cowboy 2021
I was born in the year of 1938, in Bluebell, Utah. My parents are Verona and Leland (Lee) Goodrich. I was the third son of three. My brothers are Bruce and Ron, I was given the name of Gary. I have lived in Bluebell all my life, except for five years when our family moved to Maeser, Utah for employment, because we had sold the milk cows.
I married Nonalee Holgate in 1957. We have been married for 62 years and counting. We have raised six great kids; Kim Fisher (Eric), Linda Rosewood (Brad), Sandy Ames (Bryan), Jodi Wadsworth (Darryl), Jamie Thacker (Darrell), and Scott (Lisa Labrum) Goodrich.
The country life has been good for me. I always had a horse to ride, and a dog to play with. Always some adventure just around the corner.
I started school, the same day my mother started school. A kid don’t get to goof off too much when his mother is the teacher. The elementary school was located in Bluebell where the town part is now.
Dad bought a horse for us boys to share. We called her Cheyenne. Every day when school let out. I would run home through the field so I could be the first to ride her. We rode her bareback at first, but later on, we got our first saddle. We had fun building a cart for Cheyenne to pull us around.
There was plenty of chores for us kids to do. Milking cows was one of the big ones. I started milking cows at the age of six. This was milking by hand, and sitting on a little stool. Of course, I got to milk the cows that were drying up. When I was eight we got electric milking machines, I was really excited about this. I watched the guys put every part together. Oh! Happy Day!
We had registered Columbia Sheep for 4-H projects. I got Grand Champion Ram at the Duchesne County Fair.
As I was getting a little older (maybe 13) the Goodrich Brothers; Gardner, Fred, and John, ask if I would help move their cattle to the mountain for summer feed. These men were my great uncles. I was excited to go and asked what I needed to bring. Uncle Gard said that he had everything. But when we got to the camping grounds and set up camp, there were all kinds of food, but not one pan to cook in. But we made do. We borrowed a dutch oven.
When I was entering into the 7th grade, we left our little Bluebell school behind and went to Altamont High School. Jr. High and High School were in the same building. Dad bought a paint horse (Comet) to rope from. There was nothing more fun than to rope. About every weekend we had a rodeo to go to. We joined the Western Stope Rodeo Association. These rodeos were held in western Colorado and Eastern Utah. We were roping off our two stallions “Denny Star” and “Skips Ruler”. These two horses ended up being great roping horses. I roped off “Denny Star” in calf roping and in team roping I headed off “Skip Ruler”. Dad heeled off “Denny Star” We done fairly well. We did win a few belt buckles and trophies along the way.
I had started training a few horses to race at about his time. We entered a rodeo in Craig Colorado which was having a race meet also. So I entered this little mare in a quarter-mile race. I was ponying the mare to the starting gate when I heard my name called to rope my calf. I handed dad the mare, and I ran through the in-field to rope. I won the calf roping and the mare ran second in her race. It was pretty wild for a while, but it turned out good.
In 1965, I had the opportunity along with Rhett Searle, to judge the Horsemanship Competition for the Utah State Highschool Rodeo Queen Contest. This was the first Utah State Finals Rodeo. It was held in Vernal, Utah.
In the early 1980’s I was honored to be over the Duchesne County Fair Rodeo. I asked for Claude Crozier to help.
I have been involved with horses and livestock all my life. Our family has shown horses in fairs, and horse shows, in halter classes, roping classes, and working cow horse classes. Along with racing horses. I trained (mostly my own) horses to run flat saddle and chariot racing.
This has been a family affair. It’s a life that bonds families together. Nonalee and I have raised six wonderful kids that have helped along the way. Now there are grandkids helping also. The last few years my son Scott has done most of the training- but I am not ready to be turned out to pasture yet!! I am still much involved!!
Stan & Suzzann Young
2021 Grand Marshal’s
Stan and Suzzann Young were both born and raised in Duchesne. Stan is the son of Bert and Mariam Young. Suzzann is the daughter of Raleigh and Dora Ivie. They attended Duchesne High School. Stan graduated in 1968, Suzzann in 1969. After graduating they attended and graduated from Utah State University. They were married and had their oldest son Jason while attending Utah State. Stan ran track and was the assistant track coach for one year. Upon graduation they moved to Tabiona where they taught school and Stan coached basketball for 3 years. They moved to Vernal and taught for 1 year where Stan coached basketball and track. Their second son Wesley was born. Then they moved back to Duchesne where they taught, and their third son Robert was born. Suzzann taught at the elementary for 35 years before retiring in 2012. Stan taught at the high school for 42 years and coached basketball for 35 years. He also coached track and football for a time. He was the principal at Duchesne for his last 21 years. After a total of 47 years he retired in 2020 to become a full time horse trainer and breeder.
Summers were spent building cabins and homes, little league, softball, running cattle, farming and training and racing horses.
Along with their 3 wonderful sons, they are blessed with two beautiful daughters in law, Brook and Melissa, 6 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.
“Living and raising our family in Duchesne County has been a great pleasure and reward. We have met and worked with the finest people on earth. The events we have watched and participated in have been highlights in our lives. The county fair has always been a wonderful part of our summers from our youth to the present. Thanks to all the people who have worked so hard to make the fair great for everyone.”
Doug & Sandra Swasey
2021 Grand Marshal’s
Doug and Sandra Swasey are both lifetime residents of Duchesne County. Doug, the son of Sherman and Birdie Swasey grew up in Boneta. Sandra, the daughter of Grant & Lois Bleazard, grew up in Mountain Home. They both attended elementary and high school in Altamont, graduating from Altamont High. Doug attended Utah State, then served an LDS mission in Indiana and Michigan. Sandra attended BYU, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education. They married in 1974 and bought the family dairy farm in Boneta from Doug’s parents. Together they had three children, Reed, who passed away in 2017, Stephanie Mecham and Tiffany Brown. They have three granddaughters and three grandsons.
In 1991 they bought Mohlman’s grocery store in Altamont and renamed it Swasey’s Foodtown. For 25 years they took pride in serving the people of the Upper Country with fair prices and a clean store. Doug served on the Duchesne County School Board for 20 years, serving as the president for eight years, and playing a large part in getting the new high school buildings for Altamont and Duchesne. He also served on the Associated Water Users Board for over 25 years. For many years, he participated in the Demolition Derby at the Duchesne County Fair.
Sandra continued teaching school at Altamont Elementary for 30 years, teaching Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. She had strong expectations for her student and expected them to behave with respect. In the words of Howard Todd, one of the principals she worked for, “Sandra was a firm, but fair teacher.” She had a lasting impact on those that she taught. In 2001 they purchased Swasey’s Other Place, which they still own. They have made lasting friendships every place they have served.
In 2006 Doug suffered a heart attack which resulted in him needing a transplant. He received a heart on April 17th, 2007. His heart has been functioning well and he has been extremely blessed to have no rejection. In 2010 Sandra suffered a traumatic brain injury that put her in a coma for three months. This resulted in limited physical mobility. Despite their health challenges, they have remained active in the community and taken pride in being from Duchesne County.