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Posted on Dec 22, 2020
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Jerry Ellis McPhaul 1950-2020

 Jerry was born September 10, 1950 to Ellis and Marguerite McPhaul.  Jerry was raised on the family ranch in Pie Town, NM.  At the age of 14 Jerry’s parents left Pie Town due to health issues and he stayed to run the ranch.   Jerry has ran the ranch ever since.  In November of 1971 Jerry married his Pie Town Princess (as he called her) Nelda Rae Berryhill.  They had three kids Nacona, Ace, and Tawana and many more kids that stayed with them off and on, calling him Uncle Jerry.

Jerry had put up a fight with cancer for 10 years and finally lost the battle on November 13, 2020.

Jerry loved to rope!  He was a cattle and horse person which made him excel at roping. In fact, he roped up until the time he was just too weak to get on a horse.  Just 5 months ago he had entered his last roping in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Jerry told the doctor to let him out of the hospital so he could make the roping. Jerry would rope and train horses (and people) all day if he could, but all the ranch work had to get done first!  He would start his day late and catch all the cows at water, come in for dinner, and head out to the arena until late in the night.  He taught all his kids to rope and helped many others with their roping, especially on the drive home! One of his greatest joys was to watch all 9 of his grandkids in the arena roping.

In 2013 Jerry and son Ace came back high call in #13 and ended up winning 3rd at the World Series Finale.  He was a legacy member of WSTRC and went to one of the very first World Series Finales.  As well as, a member of the USTRC from the beginning.  

Jerry is survived by Wife Nelda Rae, Nacona and Will Cline, NaLynn, Whitley and Quaid Muncy, Ike Cline, Ace and Timber McPhaul, Denim, Blazen, Darlin, and Holden McPhaul, Tawana and Chris Lilly, Tessa and Brynlee Lilly.  Brother Jimmy and Betty McPhaul      

As Jerry says TOODLES!!

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