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Timed-event hand A.J. Franzen dies in car accident

Alfred J. (A.J.) Franzen, a PRCA timed-event competitor for seven seasons who won the Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo steer wrestling title in 2008, died Dec. 18 in a car accident near his Carpenter, WY, home. He was 26.

Franzen rose through the junior ranks to compete at Dawes Community College and at the University of Wyoming – where he won the Central Rocky Mountain Region steer wrestling championship – before turning pro in April 2004, just after his 20th birthday.

He competed primarily in the Mountain States Circuit of the PRCA while working full time for Laramie County as a foreman in the public works department. Apart from the win at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas, he shared a title at the Steamboat Springs (CO.) rodeo in that 2008 season and had $18,951 in career earnings.

He frequently competed in team roping events with his brother Tim, including an annual pilgrimage to Cheyenne (WY) Frontier Days.

Franzen was part of a large extended family with deep roots in rodeo, including his uncle Hank who operates the Powder River Rodeo stock contracting firm, cousin Jalea, who is a PRCA rodeo secretary and timer; and cousins John and Beau Franzen, who are both accomplished bulldoggers. Beau qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2005 and 2008.

Alfred J. (A.J.) Franzen, a PRCA timed-event competitor for seven seasons who won the Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo steer wrestling title in 2008, died Dec. 18 in a car accident near his Carpenter, WY, home. He was 26.

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Franzen rose through the junior ranks to compete at Dawes Community College and at the University of Wyoming – where he won the Central Rocky Mountain Region steer wrestling championship – before turning pro in April 2004, just after his 20th birthday.

He competed primarily in the Mountain States Circuit of the PRCA while working full time for Laramie County as a foreman in the public works department. Apart from the win at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas, he shared a title at the Steamboat Springs (CO.) rodeo in that 2008 season and had $18,951 in career earnings.

He frequently competed in team roping events with his brother Tim, including an annual pilgrimage to Cheyenne (WY) Frontier Days.

Franzen was part of a large extended family with deep roots in rodeo, including his uncle Hank who operates the Powder River Rodeo stock contracting firm, cousin Jalea, who is a PRCA rodeo secretary and timer; and cousins John and Beau Franzen, who are both accomplished bulldoggers. Beau qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2005 and 2008.

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