Joseph E. Black - 1928 - 2016
Joseph E. Black of Bruneau, Idaho, passed into the arms of the Lord
on June 16, 2016, his 88th birthday. Joe was foremost a family man and
one who enjoyed spending time with friends of all ages from across the
west. He was a cowboy, rodeo roper, horseman and rancher.
A fourth generation horseman, Joe descended from a family who originally settled in the Bruneau Valley prior to Idaho statehood. As a young man growing up in Bruneau, Joe spent the majority of his summers cowboying in the hills of Owyhee County. Joe graduated with a class of four from Bruneau High School in 1946 and later attended college for two years at the College of Idaho. Joe, along with his extended family, raised horses and cattle supplying cavalry horses to the U.S. Army Remount Service program.
Joe met Margaret Fenwick, a ranch girl from Jordan Valley, and soon they were married starting what grew to be a family of nine children. Joe supported his young family by running cattle ranches his father (Albert) had put together and by rodeoing. He worked alongside the crews of many great cowboys needed on these ranches, his kids grew up with these hands and Margaret kept them fed. Joe was a focused and tenacious rodeo competitor traveling and winning throughout southwest Idaho, eastern Oregon, and northern Nevada.
As the family holdings grew, he and his siblings divided the several ranches Albert had accumulated and started operating their own ranches. Starting with the Dickshooter/Camas Creek Ranch, Joe and Margaret soon expanded their own cattle operations by acquiring additional ranches as their children grew and began to develop interests and involvement in the family business.
When their children reached adulthood and began to pursue their own interests, Joe reignited his passion for competitive team roping and riding fine rope horses. With a keen eye for a fine horse and skillful hand with a rope, Joe taught and encouraged his sons and grandchildren in their own roping endeavors. For the remainder of his life he supported their roping ambitions by traveling and roping with them as well as attending their roping competitions throughout the west.
As the years went on with a generation of grandchildren underway and the cattle ranches in the hands of his sons, Joe traveled constantly to attend his grandchildren's sporting events. His infectious smile, boisterous laugh and distinct handclap were always a part of those events making many more lifelong friends. Through his continuous support he was able to inspire another generation to be confident in their skills, diligent in their pursuits, and competitive while being friendly and welcoming to all. He was a loyal supporter to friends and extended family. While visiting old friends who were homebound or struggling with health issues, Joe brought his love and good cheer in order to improve their circumstances.
Joe was preceded in death by his daughter, Celia M. Tindall of Bruneau, his grandson Blaise Black, his brothers Asa and Douglas Black, sister, Virginia Miller, his parents, Albert L and Bonnie B Black. He is survived by Margaret his wife of 67 years, their sons Danial (Suzi), Robert, Jay, Douglas (Darlene), Joseph Christopher, Lowell (Sherry), Timothy, and Joseph Sean, 26 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, a special aunt Mattie Black, his brother Robert L Black, and son in-law Dave Tindall.