Western Slope Obituaries 12-28-09
Clyde H. “Bud” Grant, 80, of Fruita, Colo., passed away December 16, 2009, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.
He was born October 30, 1929, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Roy and Pat Grant. At the age of two, his family moved to Fruita, Colo., where he remained in residence for the rest of his life. Bud attended Fruita schools until 1945 when he became an apprentice saddlemaker for C.H. Nelson in Grand Junction, Colo., at the Grand Junction Canvas and Leather Company, where he worked until 1965. He was well known as an excellent saddlemaker and quality craftsman, and prided himself on the saddles that he had made for professional cowboys and local ranchers. In 1965 he started a mobile tack shop, “Bud’s Tack Shop,” and traveled to all of the major rodeos and team ropings throughout the West.
He married Loleta Russell on January 27, 1951, in Fruita, Colo. Bud enjoyed raising quarter horses, roping, horse shows, and horse racing. He was an avid hunter and won several competitions as a marksman. In the 1950’s and early 60’s he was a member of the R.C.A., where he competed in calf roping and team tying. He had many good friends in the rodeo world, having provided them with quality equipment for over half a century. A tradition that will be carried on by the family.
He is survived by his wife, Loleta of Fruita, Colo.; three sons, Frank (Suzanne) of Ordway, Colo.; Larry and Ray (Patricia) of Fruita, Colo.; four grandsons, Jay (Jamie), Billy (Chawnee), Justin and Bryce; one granddaughter, Katy Jo; and one great grandson, Kanen.
At his request there will be no services.
Memorial contributions can be made to: Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090 N. 12th St., Unit B, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.
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