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Posted on Aug 24, 2021
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Clyde J Allred 1924 - 2021

 

Clyde J Allred, 96, of Thatcher, Arizona, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Mesa, Arizona. He was born on August 20, 1924, in Safford, Arizona and grew up on the family farm. Following high school graduation, he served in the military (Army and Navy) in the early 1940’s. He then farmed for many years raising cotton, alfalfa, and grain along with horses and cattle both in Safford and Mesa, Arizona. He married Johnnie Jones in 1947 and they had two children, Alexa, and Clyde Jr.

Clyde’s first rodeo event was at age 16 in Marfa, Texas with team tying, calf roping and wild cow milking. He was a founding member of the Cowboy’s Turtle Association, which led to the PRCA. Clyde took 1st place in roping at the Gila River Round Up in 1942 winning a $27.50 belt buckle and $40 cash for 2 days work. He was deemed all-around cowboy at the Florence Prada in 1944 and 1945. He participated and placed in many rodeos throughout his adult life. He entered the calf roping at the Madison Square Garden 28th Annual Rodeo in New York in 1950. In 1986, he traveled to Colorado for the National Old Timers Rodeo Association at age 62 and won 2nd place in team roping. Clyde was honored as the Grand Marshall of the Prescott Frontier Days, “World’s Oldest Rodeo”, in Prescott, Arizona in 2019.

Clyde was involved in the horse racing industry for many years as a horse trainer, owner, and paddock judge. He was a State Racing Steward in Arizona for many years before retiring in 1983.

Clyde married Betty Johnson in 1976 and they enjoyed traveling, golf, playing cards, attending rodeo events, and cattle roundups. He was an avid quail hunter and enjoyed hunting deer and elk, and fishing.

Clyde is survived by his daughter, Alexa, and husband John; son, Clyde Jr, and wife, Sharon; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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