ProRodeo Sports News - Nov. 22, 2019

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the cowboy reunions yearly. Nelson was a telecommunications technician starting with Ma Bell and retiring from Lucent. Nelson is survived by his wife and love of his life, Susan Mier. He is also survived by his children from a previous marriage, Shane Nelson and Debra Nelson Smith. Private services are planned for Gordie in the spring of 2020. Donations can be made in Nelson’s name to: ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, Colo., 80919; or the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, Colo., 80919.

themselves back into the community 4-H program, mentoring young people with their 4-H projects nightly. Mike used his connections to bolster the program financially. Weiss also went to auctioneer school. He had the “auctioneer song” down perfectly and entertained his nephews and cousins. He was the auctioneer for the Anatone-Asotin Booster Club annual auction for 25 years. It started out to help supplement a few small activities, but with Mike’s help, it became a premier event that helps fund many educational endeavors. He lent his auctioneer services to many wonderful causes, none dearer to him then the Jackson Baldwin Foundation. He loved helping children. AmongWeiss’ hobbies were woodworking, leatherworking, braiding reins, coin collecting, horseback riding, raising cattle, fly fishing and tying. He gifted many of these items to friends. “Ask not what your community can do for you, but what can you do for your community,” Mike said at Kara’s high school graduation. This statement exemplified his life. Weiss was preceded in death by his father, Jim; stepfather, Jack Bolick; and stepbrother, John Bolick. Weiss is survived by his wife, Linda; daughter, Kara; mother, Joanne Bolick; brother, Kenneth (Janine) Weiss; nephews J.D. (Kristina) Weiss and Jake Weiss; stepson, Christopher (Lisa) Close; stepdaughter, Carrie (Mike); and many step-grandchildren; great- grandchildren; and stepsisters. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be submitted to JoeThometz 4-H scholarship fund, 1239 Idaho St., Lewiston; or the Jackson Baldwin Foundation, 3527 Eighth St. C, Lewiston.



Michael JohnWeiss, of Lewiston, Idaho, a former director of the Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup, passed away in an accident, Nov. 2, near Nezperce,

while collecting his beloved cattle herd from their summer pasture. He was 61. Weiss was born Feb. 8, 1958, to James H. and Joanne Wolf Weiss, in Lewiston. Weiss grew up in the



rural community of Tammany. He attended Tammany School through the eighth grade. After graduating from Lewiston High School, Weiss attended the University of Idaho, where he flourished on the livestock judging team. His love of livestock and all things rural began during his many years in the local 4-H program. He was a proud member of the Tammany Guys and Gals. In 1975, he was named the county’s top 4-H boy.Over the years, he attended and worked at many livestock shows, rodeos and county fairs, often serving as livestock judge. A 32-year career began in 1976 at Twin City Foods, where he worked in a management position until the plant closed in 2008. Weiss married Shelley Strohm in 1990, and they were blessed with their daughter, Kara. Their marriage later ended in divorce. Weiss loved being Kara’s dad. He was constant encouragement to her and her friends. He attended a basketball trip with her team to Sitka, Alaska, and spoke at her high school graduation. In 1997, Weiss married Linda Close, and get-it-done attitude served the organization well. The “Horseman’s Ball” took root and has become an anticipated event. The stagecoach rides were epic, and he took pride in riding the flag around the arena, traveling with the royalty and watching his “baby girl” ride as royalty. This year, Weiss’ love of 4-H came full circle as he left the roundup board to go back to his childhood roots. He and friends poured


A girl, born, Nov. 10, toWrangler National Finals Rodeo-qualifying steer wrestler J.D. Struxness, and his girlfriend, Jayden Crowe, of Nanton, HOUSTON REY OTERO A boy, born Nov. 2 toWrangler National Finals Rodeo-qualifying tie-down roper Michael Otero and his wife, barrel racer Carlee Pierce-Otero, a


Alberta. Everlee weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 inches long. This is the couple’s first child.



PRCA NOTES Care Connection was born. Weiss became part of the Lewiston Roundup family in 2010. Weiss’ Gordie Nelson, a former PRCA bareback rider and saddle bronc rider and Gold Card Member, passed away Oct. 7. He was 79. A 75-year resident of Colorado, Nelson

was the son of “Red” and Daphne Nelson and a brother to Robert Nelson, all who preceded him in death. Nelson attended the PRCA

three-time qualifier for the Wrangler NFR, of Weatherford, Texas. Houston weighed 4 pounds, 9 ounces and was 17¾ inches long. Houston was welcomed home by brothers, Hudson, 2, and Kale, 21, and sisters, Jacy, 13, and Makala, 20.








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