Art Alsbaugh, 76
Art was born on February 3, 1941 in Alamosa, Colorado to Walter and Alice Alsbaugh. He was the oldest of three children (sisters Virginia and Betty). He spent his life in the rodeo arena. He bought his PRCA card in 1954 at the age of 13 and competed in calf roping, steer wrestling, and team roping throughout his lifetime. His dream was to compete in the NFR but he chose to stay close to home and help his parents run the Alsbaugh Rodeo Company.
On November 11, 1967, he married Linda Gazzoli. They purchased Cross Triangle Rodeo Company a few years later and together, produced rodeos across the Southwestern United States and provided livestock for the National Finals Rodeo. In 2012, they received the Donita Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to professional rodeo. They had two daughters, Lee Ann and Kerri.
Throughout his lifetime, Art was a hand throughout the rodeo arena. He worked as a pickup man, timed event chute boss, flank man, judge and stock contractor until his final days. When he wasn’t in the arena or tending to livestock, Art loved to fish, play cards and tell re-ride stories.
He was a wonderful role model, husband, father, uncle, brother and to most who met him, a cherished friend. He never knew a stranger and he was willing to lend a hand to anyone. The world will be a little quieter without his world famous booming voice, most noted for yelling “Pull ‘em down boys. Let’s rodeo!”
Art passed away in his sleep on Sunday, August 13 after a very short battle with cancer. Even in his passing, his selflessness continued as he donated his body to Cancer Research.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda and his daughters Lee Ann (Lane) LeSueur of Alamosa, CO and Kerri (Landon) Koteskey of Great Falls, MT as well as his sisters Virginia (Roy) Honeycutt and Betty Weir. He is also survived by his 4 grandchildren (Cougar, Gunar, Kimber and Kalli) who were some of his greatest treasures and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Alice.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 9 from 3pm- 6pm at the Rodeway Inn in Alamosa, CO. In lieu of flowers, his the family requests donations be made to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund or the American Cancer Society.