Brice B. Taylor, Jr.
Brice's family and friends hosted a "Celebration of His Life" on Sun., Sept. 23, 2001, at the Ramada Valley Ho Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Friends and family enjoyed a buffet provided by the Valley Ho Resort. The banquet room was decorated with collages of pictures of good times with Brice, flowers and special candles also with pictures of Brice. Good times and memories were shared, recent times with Nancy and Brianna and going back to school days in Craig and working at the West Theatre with Sherrine (Powell) Enderhorn.
In addition to Nancy and Brianna, attending were his mother Wilma Taylor-Baker, step-father Lester Baker of Maybell, aunt and uncle George and Carol Gore of Florence, Ariz.; cousins Patrica Gore Raynor and daughter Tara Shipley of Sun City, Ariz., Marie (LaBranch) Solace and Tom Bradley of Chandler, Ariz., Marie is a Craig native and close family friend. Former Moffat County High School classmates Jennifer Eiffert and Sherrine Enderhorn, now living in Phoenix area; long time friend and former Craig resident Laura Eiffert Salter and family friends Oscar and Ruby Brown of Surprise, Ariz. A host of friends and co-workers from Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale and Phoenix were on hand to celebrate the life of their freind.
Keith Hagler of Longmont and part-time resident of Craig, died Oct. 11, 2001, at Longmont United Hospital. He was 63 years old.
On Aug. 5, 1938, in Fort Collins, he was born the son of Lee Hagler and Edna (Lee) Hagler.
On April 10, 1974, in Las Vegas, Nev., he married Karen Kinney. Hagler, wife and sons owned and operated Bar Open Box K. Ranch of Longmont, breeding and raising horses. From 1974 to 1986, he lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., in the winter and Estes Park in the summer. In 1986 he moved to Longmont. He was a member of St. John The Baptist Catholic Church.
He was part owner of Sombrero Ranches Inc., of Boulder, Hi-Country Stables of Boulder and Indian Trails Horse Country Club of Scottsdale, Ariz. He was past president of Rocky Mountain Paint Horse Association, a member of American Paint Horse Association and High Plains Paint Horse Association. He spent his early years as a horse trader, traveling from Canada to Mexico, buying and selling horses. He raised, trained, and showed many paint horses to their world championships at the Paint Horse World Show. He was well respected in the movie industry for providing horses for movies including, Centennial, The Return to Lonesome Dove, Conagher and others. He provided horses for the Tucson, Ariz., rodeo parade for about 30 years which is the worlds largest horse drawn parade. One of his many passions was driving teams of horses up to eight in hand. Many national articles were written about him and the book, Training Colts, by Mike Kevil, was written and dedicated in his honor. He was truly "King of the Cowboys."
Hagler is survived by his wife, Karen of Longmont; sons, Lee Hagler of Fort Lupton and Shawn Hagler of Greeley; brother, Duane (Dorothy) Hagler of Sedalia, Mo.; sisters Darlene Rimpley of Arnold, Neb., and Carol Ball of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Raymond Hagler, and sister, Lois Green.
Services were held Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont with Rev. Brian Morrow officiating. Interment was at Lyons Cemetery in Lyons.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Keith Hagler Memorial Educational Fund, in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry St., Longmont, CO 80501.