VETERAN – Memorial services for Gordon Glen Booth, 81, will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at First Wyoming United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Curtis Hill officiating.
Gordon died Feb. 26, 2020, at the ranch. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Veteran Fire Department or Wyoming Angus Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and friends may send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com.
Gordon was born Nov. 5, 1938, in Torrington to Henry and Helen Booth. He was the oldest of three children. He grew up in Veteran and graduated from Veteran High School Eagles in 1956. He attended college at the University of Wyoming with majors in agriculture and animal science as well as running track.
While at the University of Wyoming Gordon belonged to the TKE fraternity. It was also at UW where he met the love of his life, Mary Ann Zwemer. They were married June 23, 1958, at Deaver Methodist Church. They went back to UW that fall before moving to his family’s farm in Veteran, where they lived for 58 years.
Dad was not only a dedicated caregiver to Mother but also his Dad. They were blessed with one daughter, Kerri Ann Henan of Billings, Mont., and thire sons Shawn (Diane) of Veteran, Jodie (Chaynee Cass) of Torrington and Kacey (Jenny Conrad) of Veteran. They have eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Gordon served as past president of the Wyoming Angus Association, original founding charter member of the Wyoming Beef Cattle Improvement Association, and past President of the Goshen County Farm Bureau. He was a 4-H leader and Boy Scout leader as well as receiving the honor as an Eagle Scout. He raised and belonged to American Angus Association, American International Charolais Association, American Quarter horse and Paint horse Association. He also raised and belonged to Columbia and Rambouillet Sheep Breeders Association.
Dad began to artificially inseminate cattle in 1969. He was a cutting edge and original user of Prostoglandin for synchronization. He worked with Dr. Jim Drayson on sex semen as early as 1985. He began embryo transplanting in the early 90’s. He loved working with American Breeders Association, where he had been a representative for more than 35 years, since April 1, 1986.
The ranch started having Progress thru Performance bull sales in 1973 at Stockman livestock. He transferred the bull sale in 1979 to the home place. The ranche sale was the first production sale in Goshen County with guest consignors. Gordon truly embraced technology and genetic identity of cattle.
Gordon is survived by his children Kerri, Shawn, Jodie and Kacey; grandchildren Kelsey Henan (Pedro Vargas), Brady Henan, Michael (Lindsy) Booth, Byron (Karah) Booth, Jennifer (Aaron) Garcia, Jamie Booth, Natalie Booth and Madison Booth; eight great-grandchildren; a brother Doug (Carolyn) Booth and sister Barbara (Tom) Khongphand, and sister in law, Polly(Dave) Lehman of Bridger, Montana; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Mary Ann.