There are many people throughout history who have become Legends in the rodeo family circle. I personally remember Larry Mahan as a young boy who stood out among the greats at that time. Joe Alexander, Ty Murray and many more. However I’d like to address another kind of legend that sometimes go unnoticed.
Born February 18, 1912 in a dugout near O’Fallon Creek Outside Ismay, Montana Lived the simple life never looking back. Larry and Helen Married in 1937 and ranched for over 40 years in Roy Montana. He lived a simple life never knowing his legacy would live on through the Larry Jordan Crisis Fund. This is what legends are made of, always looking out for others with asking for nothing in return living a selfless life. Now he is recognized for who he really is by not only his family and friends but the world through what he has left behind. Larry breathed his last on Feb 29, and was laid to rest on March 3 2001 following a procession with a horse-drawn hearse down Main Street in Miles City Montana.
Larry is to be remembered as a bit of a prankster loving a good joke and lots of humor. He believed,” A tale wasn’t worth telling if it weren’t worth exaggerating.” One thing that was no joke to him was raising his AQHA Champions. Raising race horses was a passion and he loved his paints. Larry and Helen also raised over 400 head of prime beef in addition to his horses. Below are some pictures of some of his favorites, and I hope you will enjoy them too.
Larry Jordan was a board member of for the Montana High School Rodeo where he did his part in bringing up the next generation cowboys and cowgirls. He was also the first president of the Northern Rodeo Association, and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and these were very special to him. He will always be remembered for his active participation in these and many more boards and organizations as a leader in service to his fellow man.
The Larry Jordan Sr. Crisis Fund
The Larry Jordan Sr. Crisis Fund was created by The Northern Rodeo Association and Northern Women’s Rodeo Association. They started the fund to help NRA and NWRA cowboys and cowgirls who need financial help from injury or other misfortune. The Larry Jordan Sr. Crisis Fund annual silent auction takes place during the NRA Finals Awards Breakfast, Sunday, October 6th at 10:00 a.m. This is your opportunity to provide compassionate assistance to your fellow members who have an emergency or unexpected tragedy situation. We urge you to donate items to the silent auction or simply come to the auction and bid on the great items that are donated. If you have any items you would like to donate or have any questions please contact the NRA/NWRA Office at (406)252-1122.
Here is a poem written in memory of Larry and I think it speaks for itself
Larry Jordan Sr
Mr. Larry Jordan Senior
A Missouribreaks cowboy with a whole lot of tenure
He cowboyed with a wagon of the old CBC
Only the top hands no room for hay seeds
With sid and Marvin and Johnny and Dan
Back in the days when a man was a man
Rode snakey old broncs with backs always cold
They set lightly in the saddle as a smoke they would roll!
Three times a day it was coffee and steak
and often old Cooky the beans he would make
and the stomach distress as it gurgled and grumbled
Rolled round through the camp like thunder would rumble!
The water it came from the reservoirs and creeks
but lemons would cut it and by chase lot were cheap
And if by chance that would not work
a little piece of cactus might settle the dirt
Now Larry and Salty and Mark loed to dance
to a guitar and a fiddle and mouth harp or two
and since water was scare and clean clothes were few
They’d check all the bedrolls and just borrow some pants
Then jump on a bronc and ceave camp pell-mell
Never missed a dance this side of the Mussellshell
At daybreak they’d line out headin back to the wagoen
sure had a fine time don’t matter head’s achin’
There’s horeses all over the the north side to gather
and what more could a top hand ask fer this side a’ heaven?
Those times are past, didn’t last long
But Larry Senior’s still here and feelin real strong
He rode some mighty horses knew the west as it was then
and I’m awfully proud to call him my friend!
Larry Happy Birthday!! Have a big old piece of cake
I’d bet it’s surely better than old Cooky would ever make
ML Taylor 94