Gary Preston Babb: 1941-2013 |

Gary Preston Babb: 1941-2013

Gary Preston Babb: 1941-2013

Sheepmen lost a staunch supporter with the passing of Gary Babb, 72, into the care of his Shepherd, after losing his battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at the Austin Auditorium in Newell, S.D., with Rev. Marcia Brennan officiating. Burial followed at Hope Cemetery.

Born Oct. 3, 1941, to Alvin “Buster” and Linda (Sundstrom) Babb in Sturgis, S.D., he was the only son, “sandwiched” between sisters, Diana and Bonnie.

Raised on the family homestead northeast of Newell, he gained a love of open spaces, sheep and cattle that remained throughout his life.

He was a graduate of Newell High School, where he played softball, football (won 15 straight games but lost tournament championship) and basketball, winning the All-Conference Championship. In 1968, after high school, he played softball, winning the S.D. State Softball Championship.

After graduation, he married Beverly Richards, a union which produced four children. They later divorced.

From raising livestock with his father, shearing throughout the western states, being both a fieldman and manager of wool warehouses in Salt Lake City (Utah Wool Marketing Association and the Wool Shed) and Belle Fourche, S.D., (Mid-States Wool and Center-of-the-Nation Wool) and, finally, back to the ranch – most of his life involved sheep. He had a special love for shearers (hard-working men with strong backs), and was a first-class shearer himself, winning contests in various areas.

While working for Utah Wool Marketing Association, he met Lawren Leslie, whom he married in 1980.

He is survived by his wife, Lawren; children, Bradley (Gina) Babb, David Brett (LynnAnn) Day, Liana (Kevin) Gordon, Lissa (Bob) Moeller, and “adopted” daughter Carol (John) Weirum, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sisters, Diana (Ron) Glover, and Bonnie Lange and mother-in-law, Mae H. Doom.

Babb was preceded in death by his parents, a baby son, son Brian Leslie, grandson Brian Austin Day and granddaughter Christina Gordon.

He loved God, family, and his work, and lived a good life. He believed in giving 100 percent in everything he did, and his passing leaves a big hole in the lives of those who knew him. He was truly one of the “good guys.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Newell or Mud Butte Fire Departments.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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