Obituary: Charles Clayton (Clay) De Ganahl
Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico cattle rancher Charles Clayton (Clay) De Ganahl passed away peacefully at his home in Prescott, Arizona at the age of 70.
Clay was born in Albany, Oregon. He was the son of Charles and Patricia Hogue De Ganahl. In 1954 his family moved to the Lazy EH Ranch near Yampa, Colorado, where he spent most of the next fifty years. Raising his family and participating in the family business in the Yampa area were highlights of his life. He was a 1968 graduate of Soroco High School and graduated from CSU in 1972 with a BA degree in History and Education.
As a Partner in Lazy EH Ranch, Clay spent much of his life engaged in the Ranch’s livestock operations near Yampa and Vicksburg, Arizona. After the Lazy EH Ranch sold, he ranched with his wife Muriel near Roswell, New Mexico for several years. They then lived Skull Valley, Arizona and ran their cows on nearby ranches.
A life on horseback and the people of “Cattle Country” were at his core. Clay treasured and celebrated the customs and values of the cattle and cowboy culture. He particularly enjoyed helping his friends and neighbors work cattle all across the western states. Visiting with friends at brandings, the Denver Stock Show or Cheyenne Frontier Days were special parts of his life.
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Clay was preceded in death by his parents Chuck and Pat. He is survived by his wife Muriel, son Brian De Ganahl (Carmita), daughter Carrie Lowenstein (Craig), eight grandchildren, and two and a half great grandchildren. Clay is also survived by three brothers (Joe, Chris, Hank), a sister (Nancy), their spouses, along with numerous nephews and nieces.
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