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Quirt Peterson
Posted on Oct 15, 2018
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Quirt Peterson 2001-2018

 Quirt Peterson of the Hatchet Ranch, Portal/San Simon,AZ was killed in a terrible accident on October 10, 2018 at the age of 17. Quirt was a young man who knew the Lord well. Mature beyond his years and loved within the community. The entire community has rallied round the Peterson. Our deepest sympathy and prayers for the Peterson family!

Poem, by cowboy Poet Ed Ashurst
Following Quirt Peterson
I saw Quirt on several occasions riding all day
in the dust and greasewood and the endless sand
following trotty cattle, and by the time he was ten
Ace had showed him how to get in front and stop them,
for the wannabes who don’t know the difference
I’ll explain that it’s not the same to be just following
or being able to out think a cow and stop her.
He knew because his father had taught him.
Train up a child in the way he should go
and he will not depart from it.
He knew early on the way to go and he knew when to stop.
I saw him on the Big Hatchet,
he and Whip riding all day and swinging their ropes.
I would think, those darn kids’ arms are going to fall off,
but then later I saw him in the short go and he wasn’t afraid because the rope had become part of him.
Train up a child in the way he should go
and he will not depart from it.
That’s a tough one because now he’s gone
and you can do no more training,
no more coaching, no more instructing.
He was always quiet, never loud around horses, cattle
or girls at the dance.
You could tell that as a man he would lead by example not word. He is a good one. He is . . . because he still is.
Train up a child in the way he would go
and he will not depart from it.
Well, now that he has moved on, you have to follow him
because you trained him in the way he should go.
Jesus conquered death, Hell, and the grave.
Quirt wasn’t afraid of dying because he was too busy living.
Don’t weep for Quirt but weep for yourself
because you miss him.
Train up a child in the way he should go
and don’t be angry when he gets there.
He was tall and getting handsome.
Now he will always be that way.
Handsome and wearing a snow white shirt, waiting at the roundup ground,
and it’s springtime over there, and it has been raining.

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