Donald l fisher


Donald L Fisher, died on December 17, 2021, at his home in Garden City, at the age of 92 years, 5 months and 16 days. He was born in Dodge City, KS, on July 1, 1929, the eldest child of Roy H and Myrtle Pennington Fisher.

Don’s childhood and elementary school days were spent on a farm in Mertilla Township, northwest Meade County. He attended and graduated from Meade High School in 1947 and was recognized as a local mile medalist and state winner and center of the undefeated 1946 football team. Being a cowboy was pretty much everything Don Fisher knew. He had an innate love for animals of all kinds. His first loves were horses, then Hereford pigs registered for a few years, then cattle and a good cow dog. As a teenager, Don raised a filly named Dixie Lou, and she became the foundation of 7-year-old Fisher Quarter Horses, with her lines still present in her broodmares until their dispersal some eight decades later.

He started his calf-roping rodeo days as a teenager in the early 1940s and was seen at rodeos in western Kansas and northern Oklahoma for many years. A special sweetheart was also seen accompanying her for the “ribbon roping” event. He and Warrenetta Marrs were married on June 4, 1947 at Meade United Methodist Church and celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary in 2021. They raised their family of four sons in Meade, while Don was busy as a ranch man. , breed and develop quality ranch horses and work for several large beef farms over the years in western Kansas.

Don is survived by his wife, Warrenetta, Garden City, sons Steven and Karla, Manhattan, KS; Stan and Cristyal, Derby, KS; Randy and Rhonda, Garden City, KS; and Bryan and Melonie, Duncan, OK. There are also 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; sister Carole Burner, CA; brothers and sister-in-law Jack Berghaus, Meade; Alfred Marrs, Meade; Virgil Marrs, Hays; Betty and Clarence Leis, AR. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Velva Berghaus and his brothers Jimmie and Henry (Gene) Fisher.

Don was mentored cowboy style during his high school years by Western Meade-area ranchers like Quimby Demmitt, AW Batman, and Uncles Earl and Elmer Fisher and Roscoe Nash. A small rope arena built under the barn of the family home at the southwest corner of Meade was designed for easy practice, not only for Don, but also for Brother Jimmie Fisher and other cousins ​​and friends of Fisher. His four sons were also there to push the calves, pull the chute rope, and start learning cowboy manners from their father. Eventually, the calf lasso would give way to the team lasso craze, where Don was equally comfortable and skillful at either end of the ox. These hours of practice prepared Don for the days when farming 2,000 to 4,000 head of cattle on pastures and stalks of wheat would mean lassoing every day to tend sick cattle.

As a self-taught breeder, Don seemed to have a natural instinct for knowing what animals needed. For several years he spent most Tuesdays at the Meade Livestock Sale Barn, and if he didn’t buy cattle, spray cattle, or process cattle, he was there to help around the pens. In 1972, the lure of bountiful wheat pastures and flat plains that allowed for an easy-to-build electric fence saw Don, Warrenetta, and Bryan move to Richfield, KS, where Don tended thousands of cattle for over 20 years. During this time, he also fulfilled a childhood dream of summering feeder cattle on ranches in northeastern New Mexico. By the late 1980s, they were living in the countryside of Menlo and have resided in Garden City since 1990.

As the days grew shorter, the years passed faster, and the livestock market hit its lowest point, Don traded an electric fence for feedlot steel, and he put in practices his keen skills pulling sick cattle from pens and running the vet’s hut at several feedlots in western Kansas. Feedlot managers and consulting vets were known to brag about the reduction in illness and death while Don was in their facility.

A partial retirement brought Don and Warrenetta back to settle in Garden City in 1990. He continued to work in the stable where he stood his well-known gray stallions, rode pens at a nearby feedlot, or helped out. a family farm for livestock and hay. until a major health problem slows it down. His last feedlot cowboy paycheck came at age 86.

During his teenage years, Don was confirmed as a member of the United Methodist Church in Meade, with continued memberships in Methodist churches in Richfield and Garden City. He has long been a 4-H leader in Meade and Morton counties and has served on local county extension councils. Don was instrumental in the development of the Garden City chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys after serving as president. He was an active supporter of the Journey to the Cross Rodeo Bible Camp in Garden City. He was a life member of the American Quarter Horse Association and a life member of the Gold Card of the United States Team Roping Association and the International Feedlot Cowboy Association, where he competed in the national finals in Amarillo, Texas and Garden City. . Don was honored for his hard-working cowboy days and Western way of life as a participant in the Team Pro / Celebrity Roping match which took place for many years at the Beef Empire Days Rodeo and Dodge City Round-up Rodeo. In 2005, Don was inducted into the Boot Hill Cowboy Hall of Fame as the Kansas “Working Cowboy”.

A celebration of Don’s life will be held at Meade First United Methodist Church on Monday, December 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Riders on horseback are invited to assemble at Meade Municipal Park before noon, to help make the final ride to the cemetery for internment. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery, Meade.

Visitations will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 26, 2021 at Price & Sons Funeral Home, 620 N. Main Street, Garden City, Kansas. Visiting with family will begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday Meade First United Methodist Church in Meade, Kansas in the pre-service church sanctuary.

Funeral services will be webcast live on www.priceandsons.com

Price and Sons Funeral Home, Garden City, will make arrangements. Requests can be sent by email: [email protected]; online at https://priceandsons.com; or by calling 620-276-2364. Memorials can be made at JTTC Rodeo Bible Camp, PO Box 1926, Garden City, KS, 67846, or left in the care of Price & Sons Funeral Home.


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