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Bud Kerby, PRCA stock contractor, dies of leukemia at age 70

Rex A. “Bud” Kerby, one of the PRCA’s top stock contractors for more than 30 years, died Oct. 10 in a Salt Lake City hospital from a highly aggressive form of leukemia. He was 70.

Kerby first fell ill shortly after the completion of the rodeo in St. George, UT on Sept. 18, according to his daughter, Wendie Flitton, and was diagnosed from blood work about a week later. He went to doctors in three hospitals for consultations and died at the LDS Hospital leukemia treatment center with his family around him.

Kerby’s Bar T Rodeo Inc. has been a family operation for more than 50 years based in Salt Lake City and Chester, UT. Stock is kept on 2,500 acres, both leased and owned, in central Utah.

For the past several years, Bar T Rodeo has specialized in a bucking-horse breeding program that has produced a number of Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bucking horses, including Deception, High & Mighty and Reception.

Kerby and wife Evelyn added to their arsenal with the purchase of War Paint for $24,000 at the 2002 Benny Binion’s Wrangler NFR Bucking Horse and Bull Sale.

Four of their bareback horses, six saddle broncs and one bucking bull were selected for the 2009 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

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Bar T Rodeo received the PRCA’s Remuda Award in 2006 for providing the best, most consistent pen of bucking horses in the sport, creating the best opportunities for contestants to score well.

The company produces nearly 50 performances each year and leases stock to many of the large rodeos, including Denver, San Antonio, Houston, Laughlin, NV, Nampa, ID, and Ogden, UT.

The business has been family-run from the beginning. In 1997, Swanny Kerby, who started the business, was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

Bud Kerby worked with his dad from an early age, competed in the sport as a saddle bronc rider and worked as a pickup man for many years.

Kerby is survived his by wife Evelyn Kerby of Chester, UT; daughters Wendie (Jeff) Flitton and Lori (Martin) Pierce, both of Chester, UT; grandchildren Kellie (Sam) Addington, Cody (Linda) Flitton, Tylee Pierce and Alie Jo Pierce; great grandchildren, Kate Flitton and McKenna Addington; sisters Barbara (Don) Peterson, of Mt. Pleasant, UT, Vaughna (Ted) McDougal of Moab, UT. He was preceded in death by parents, Swanny and Verda Kerby; daughter, Danette Kerby, and grandson, Brodie Pierce.

Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. (MT) on Oct. 16 at the Sanpitch LDS Chapel in Wales, UT. Interment will be in the Moroni City Cemetary. Online condolences can be registered at http://www.rasmussenmortuary.com.

Rex A. “Bud” Kerby, one of the PRCA’s top stock contractors for more than 30 years, died Oct. 10 in a Salt Lake City hospital from a highly aggressive form of leukemia. He was 70.

Kerby first fell ill shortly after the completion of the rodeo in St. George, UT on Sept. 18, according to his daughter, Wendie Flitton, and was diagnosed from blood work about a week later. He went to doctors in three hospitals for consultations and died at the LDS Hospital leukemia treatment center with his family around him.

Kerby’s Bar T Rodeo Inc. has been a family operation for more than 50 years based in Salt Lake City and Chester, UT. Stock is kept on 2,500 acres, both leased and owned, in central Utah.

For the past several years, Bar T Rodeo has specialized in a bucking-horse breeding program that has produced a number of Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bucking horses, including Deception, High & Mighty and Reception.

Kerby and wife Evelyn added to their arsenal with the purchase of War Paint for $24,000 at the 2002 Benny Binion’s Wrangler NFR Bucking Horse and Bull Sale.

Four of their bareback horses, six saddle broncs and one bucking bull were selected for the 2009 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Bar T Rodeo received the PRCA’s Remuda Award in 2006 for providing the best, most consistent pen of bucking horses in the sport, creating the best opportunities for contestants to score well.

The company produces nearly 50 performances each year and leases stock to many of the large rodeos, including Denver, San Antonio, Houston, Laughlin, NV, Nampa, ID, and Ogden, UT.

The business has been family-run from the beginning. In 1997, Swanny Kerby, who started the business, was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

Bud Kerby worked with his dad from an early age, competed in the sport as a saddle bronc rider and worked as a pickup man for many years.

Kerby is survived his by wife Evelyn Kerby of Chester, UT; daughters Wendie (Jeff) Flitton and Lori (Martin) Pierce, both of Chester, UT; grandchildren Kellie (Sam) Addington, Cody (Linda) Flitton, Tylee Pierce and Alie Jo Pierce; great grandchildren, Kate Flitton and McKenna Addington; sisters Barbara (Don) Peterson, of Mt. Pleasant, UT, Vaughna (Ted) McDougal of Moab, UT. He was preceded in death by parents, Swanny and Verda Kerby; daughter, Danette Kerby, and grandson, Brodie Pierce.

Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. (MT) on Oct. 16 at the Sanpitch LDS Chapel in Wales, UT. Interment will be in the Moroni City Cemetary. Online condolences can be registered at http://www.rasmussenmortuary.com.

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