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2021 Grand Marshals/Legendary Cowboy


Gary Goodrich

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!!




Troy Dick Cooper

2022 Grand Marshal

He was born in Rexburg, Idaho May 2, 1955 to Clinton Dick and Carma Cooper. He had and older brother (Dana) and older sister (Jackilyn) and was raised on a small farm.  They grew wheat, barley, alfalfa, and raised sheep. While a youth he was involved in the 4-H program where he showed breeding sheep at the county fair. Troy attended school in Rexburg where in 1973 graduated from Madison High School. He attended Ricks College for a year and then served a mission to the Chicago, Illinois Mission. In 1976 he returned from his mission and was home for a month when the Teton Dam broke and flooded the Upper Snake River Valley. He helped his family that summer to put things back together. In the fall he started school at Utah State University and graduated from there in 1979 with a BS in Agriculture Education. In 1977 Troy meet the love of his life the late Deon Marlor Cooper who passed away July 8, 2021. They were married December 16, 1977. After graduating from college Troy and Deon moved to Lyman, Wyoming where he taught Vocational Agriculture and was the FFA advisor and assistant High School Wrestling coach. While in Lyman, Ashley Dawn was born. They moved to Rigby, Idaho in 1982 and he taught Agriculture till 1984. While in Rigby in 1983, Troy Dillon was born. In 1984 they moved to Logan, Utah where Troy enrolled in Graduate School and obtained his Master Degree in Agriculture Education in 1986. After graduation Troy interviewed for the USU Extension Agent position in Duchesne County and started working in Duchesne County July 1, 1986. In 1987, Kyleigh Jo was born. They lived in Duchesne city for 5 years before moving to Roosevelt. Troy served as the USU Extension Agent for 35 years and retired in February 2022. He enjoyed working with the farmers and ranchers in the County. He worked with the producers on many phases of agriculture production. He also was involved in the 4-H programs throughout the county. Troy relished working with the youth helping them increase their knowledge of agriculture. He enjoyed watching the youth show their livestock at the county fair and working with the 4-H horse program. Some people knew Troy as the grasshopper guy or the poultry showmanship guy because of his involvement in helping the agriculture producers in grasshopper control programs and helping develop poultry showmanship contests in several Utah Counties. Deon and Troy were also involved in helping youth improve their tumbling and dancing skills by owning and running tumbling schools throughout their married life. When they moved to Roosevelt in 1991 in 1992 they started Roosevelt Academy of Arts, where they worked together teaching tumbling and Deon and many other teachers teaching dance. Troy enjoyed working with the people of Duchesne County and looks forward to his continued association with the people of the Uintah Basin.


Bob & Renee Park

2022 Grand Marshal’s

Robert was born and raised in Salt Lake City, the oldest of 4 brothers. He grew up on a small farm in Murray, working with his grandfather and using horses to power their equipment. Bob started farming on his own when he was 16 and bought his first tractor.

He was active in 4H showing fat beef and breeding stock at the Salt Lake County eFair, the Utah State Fair, and the Golden Spike National Livestock Show in Ogden.

Bob graduated from Granger High School where he played football and attended the University of Utah for a year before serving a mission to Uruguay for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After his mission he returned to the University of Utah graduating in 1968 with a teaching degree in Biological Science.

He was hired to teach at Tabiona High School and remained there for 47 years, 20 years as a teacher and 27 as principal. He was also a bus driver for 35 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Science Education from Utah State University and a Master of Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University. Bob was also endorsed as a school counselor and an Ag Teacher starting the FFA program at Tabiona High School.

He served as President of the Duchesne Education Association and was President of the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals. He was a member of the State High School Activities Association Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees for 13 years and was inducted into the UHSAA Circle of Fame.

Bob married his sweetheart, Renee, at Christmas time in 1968. She left her studies at the University of Utah to marry and move to Tabiona. They have been married for 54 amazing years. They have 10 children, 40 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Seven of the Park kids have made Duchesne County their home.

They have both been 4H leaders and involved at the county fair. Bob served as livestock committee chairman and Renee has been on the fair board over Home Arts as well as a State Fair judge. Renee was also the Utah State 4H Ambassador Advisor for 15 years and served as President of the Utah State 4-H Volunteers Association after several years on the Council

They were the first EMT’s in Tabiona, long before there was an ambulance. They enjoyed their involvement in Boy Scouts of America for many years receiving numerous awards and recognition for their service. Bob was honored to receive his Silver Beaver. They have been volunteers in the community, schools and Church, being honored as Duchesne County Public Servants of the Year.

After retiring in 2015 they served a mission to Alberta Canada. Bob was called to be the branch president in Slave Lake where they served for 2 years. Bob and Renee live on their Ranch in Hanna. They serve in the Vernal Temple and Bob is the Duchesne Stake Patriarch and Renee is his scribe.