Joan Marchbanks: Craig |

Joan Marchbanks: Craig

The first time I met Floyd Martin, he made me cry. Down my driveway he came, doing 90 mph, a cloud of dust behind him that stretched all the way to the horizon (slow is not a word in Floyd’s driving vocabulary).

I had several horses to sell, and had been told I needed to call the brand inspector. In ignorance, I had bought them all without the required paperwork. Needless to say, Floyd was not very happy with me, or the people I had purchased the horses from. And no wonder! One of them was a retired brand inspector!

Of course, after the initial shock, Floyd stepped up and straightened it all out. I never bought or sold another horse without calling Floyd first … and I spread the word, too. Anything to try and make it just a bit easier for everyone involved.

Floyd’s job hasn’t been just about cattle; it was about horses too. And Floyd knows his horses. He knows what he likes and doesn’t like. Just ask him, he’ll tell you. He’s a very straightforward kind of a guy.

Make no mistake, the man can ride too. I’ve seen him chase a rebel heifer from hell to high water at a dead run. The capture of the beast was foiled by a greenhorn in the end. That’s the day I realized just how kind a man Floyd Martin is.

Hardworking, knowledgeable, honest and kind. Thanks Floyd, for everything you’ve taught me and done for me. Thanks for the service you have provided for this community.

Enjoy your time with family and friends, and slow down just a little!

Joan Marchbanks


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