Toby Dickinson, age 52, of Carlile, Wyoming died on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 in Gillette of natural causes.
Toby Keith Dickinson was born on May 6, 1956 to Keith and Carol (Gustafson) Dickinson in Gillette, Wyoming. He was raised and had his early education at Duck Creek on the family ranch. He began his cowboy career at the age of 6, where he won the breakaway in Broadus, Montana in a smooth 48 seconds, some years later Toby and Keith won the father-son roping at Broadus. He was a member of the National High School Rodeo Team from 1971-74. He was president of the FFA in 1974.
Some of Toby’s most notable accomplishments, were that he won the 1984 PRCA Circuit Finals in team roping with Greg Marsh. He made the steer roping short round at Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1984, placed again at CFD in 2004. Along with his partner Bill Mankin he won the 2007 Campbell County Century Roping. Not to be overlooked in his illustrious roping career, he was also the Chicken Roping Champion in 2007. He was a member of the PRCA for over 20 years. Toby appreciated being well mounted and a good dog, some of his favorites horses were, Cinco and Rodney, and he was especially proud of his most recent mounts Albert and Cleve.
He very much enjoyed his position at the Belle Fourche Livestock Auction where he was a field representative. Toby always planned his day so he could end up at his favorite “cooks” place for lunch. During his lifetime Toby announced several rodeo events where he always had a colorful comment for the contestants that were always enjoyed by the crowd, sometimes not so much by the officials. He had a habit of attaching nicknames to his fellow ropers.
Toby married Christie Waltman in 1984, their daughter Teran was born in 1985. Toby was very proud of his daughter, and really enjoyed spending time with her. From teaching her to ride, taking her on her hunting trips, rodeos and helping him deliver feed.
In 1997, he married his wife Linda Irvine, they enjoyed team roping together, golfing, side trips through the back roads, and spending time with family. Together, they never missed a party or a good time. Toby love to cook and was famous for his marinades and gravy. He also enjoyed playing cards especially pitch and cribbage. He was an avid hunter and really enjoyed guiding hunters on his ranch. He loved giving back to his community especially in helping kids with their roping skills. Toby died doing what he loved best, Roping.
Toby is survived by his wife Linda Dickinson of Casper, Wyoming; daughter, Teran Dickinson of Wichita, Kansas; step children: K.T. Ide of Casper, Wyoming and Clint Ide of Casper, Wyoming; grandmother, Eva Marie Gustafson of Gillette, Wyoming; aunts: Ruth Gustafson of Gillette, Wyoming and Joann Shannon of Sundance, Wyoming, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was proceeded in death by his parents: Keith and Carol (Gustafson) Dickinson; brother, Marlin Dickinson, grandparents: Edith and Lamb Dickinson; aunt Dorothy.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to benefit the Wyoming High School Rodeo Association, PO Box 914, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 or the Juvenile Diabetes Association, 777 Grant Street Suite 302, Denver, Colorado 80203. Memorials and condolences may be sent in Toby’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or via the internet at http://www.gillettememorialchapel.com.