Monte Best - 1957 - 2018
Monte Wendell Best was born June 16, 1957, in Portales, to the home of Joy (Morgan) and Wendell Best and died February 15, 2018, near Elida. Monte attended school in Floyd, and graduated in 1975. On August 19, 1976, in Clovis, he was married to Paula Lee Smith. Monte went on to study at Eastern New Mexico University on a Rodeo scholarship. In 1978 and again in 1979 he qualified to compete in the College Finals in calf roping, steer wrestling and team roping. He was the runner up for the southwest region both years. Monte continued to support the Rodeo Team throughout his life, and in 2006 was inducted into the ENMUHall of Honors. Through the years he had helped a lot of young people with their rodeo skills. Monte loved ranching and raising Black Angus cattle.
He is survived by Paula, his wife of more than 41 years; two daughters, Monica Best of Portales and Marissa Best of Pamona, CA; his mother, Joy Best of Elida; a brother and sister-in-law, Kyle and Amy Best of Amado, AZ and a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Bob Rogers of Arch.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wendell Best who died Feb. 10, 2015.