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Posted on Sep 23, 2021
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Phillip Tracy Luman 1945 - 2021



Phillip Tracy Luman, age 75 of Forsyth, passed away at St. Vincent Hospital on August 12, 2021, surrounded by his loving family, of Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

He was born in Los Cruces, New Mexico on September 28, 1945. He was the third son of Norval Ludell Luman and Neva Loree (Williams/Luman). The family moved from Los Cruces to California when Phil was about a year old.
They finally settled in Atwater, California after Norval worked a few other places. Phil and his two brothers, Ken and Roger, grew up in Atwater and attended Atwater schools. Phil was the only one in his family to go on to college. He worked around the Atwater area for a few years and then moved to Nevada where he team roped and was a ranch hand near Elko. He met a fellow team roper at a jackpot in Murphy, Idaho by the name of Bill Davis. They became almost instant friends and Phil went to Bill’s family home in Bruneau where he stayed off and on for many years. He always said, “They are my second family”. Don and Pat Davis stood up with us at our wedding at the justice of the Peace in Elko, along with our friends Glen and Peggy Hough. “Boy was that a fun time!”

Phil and Glen team roped together for many years and were the champion ropers in the NRA in 1972 through 1976 and again in 1980-1981.
He was also champion with Bill Ayre in 1994. He made the finals many times in calf roping and steer wrestling, placing high in the AA several times. He won the college finals with Bill Parker too. His events in college were calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and bull riding. He won the ranch rodeo in Glendive one year with our two children, Levi and Jody, his father-in-law Sam Selman, and his brother-in-law Bob Selman. He was a champion many times and way too many to list.
His biggest passion was team roping and teaching (Yes, I was way down the list!)

Phil graduated high school in 1964. He attended college at Dawson Community College in Glendive for two years. Later, he was Dawson’s rodeo coach. We met when we were going to school at Dawson and we got married on August 7, 1974.

We moved to Bozeman where Phil continued his education at MSU Bozeman and graduated with his teaching degree in 1977. He got his Master’s Degree later and was not only a great teacher but was vice-principal of the elementary school at Poplar, Montana.
He taught school for 32 years. He loved teaching and substituted at the Rosebud school right up to his death.

He was preceded in death by both parents and both brothers.

He is survived by his wife Jennell, son Levi and daughter Jody (Jeff) Roberts. He is also survived by four grandchildren; Kynsor Michael Roberts, Destiny Lorae Roberts, Levi Rae Luman, Tracy Anne Luman and sister-in-law Vicki Christophersen and brothers-in-law Jim Selman and Bob (Daisey) Selman, as well as nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to the 3rd-floor staff (especially Tracey) of St. Vincent Hospital for the wonderful care they provided and to Stevenson and Son’s Funeral Home for all the help and care they have shown us.

Thank you to the NRA, YRA, and High School Rodeo associations for having Phil judge – he loved every second of them. Thank you to Radley Dempewolf for convincing the State High School Rodeo staff to have Phil judge State. He had so wanted to judge State for years. You made his dream come true.

We love you and will miss you, Phil.

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