Harold D. "Butch" Hosmer (1944 - 2018)

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Harold D. (Butch) Hosmer died peacefully at his home Sept. 13 of complications from Parkinson's Disease. He was 73.  
He was born on Nov. 22, 1944, to Harold W. Hosmer and Leone Bowles Hosmer.  He lived his entire life on his farm near Hudson  
Butch was an avid horseman from an early age.  As a child, he and his dad raised and showed shetland ponies, including his pony, Aristocrat, in the kids' roadster class at the National Western Stockshow when he was just 9 years old.  At one time he and his dad had more than 60 shetland ponies. 
His interest in cutting horses began when his father bred a mare to a son of Poco Bueno in 1956. He trained and successfully showed the colt Poco Chug through the 1960s. 
Butch purchased his farm south of Hudson in 1963 shortly after he turned 18.  He attended Colorado State University for two years after high school.  After he and Barbara (Bruckner) married in 1966, they began concentrating on halter and performance horses as well as starting a family. 
His two sons, Jason and Jamie, were the light of his life. Many memorable hours were spent on the quarter-sized basketball court that Butch built for the boys. After the boys grew up, his fondness of children was apparent again with Jamie and Rebecca's kids, Audrey and Clark.  Being a grandpa meant the world to him.
Butch and Barbara's success in the quarter horse world was well noted throughout the 1960s, '70s and early '80s.  They raised and showed the great mare Slippa String, who became the World Champion Quarter Horse Mare in 1978. 
Through the years, they enjoyed tremendous national success raising, showing, breeding and selling the Weiscamp line of quarter horses. During this time, Butch became known for having a keen eye for a horse.  He was a well-respected judge for all three of the major breed registries – quarterhorses, paints and Appaloosas, as well as for the National Cutting Horse Association. 
In time, Butch's love of cowhorses pulled him back in to the cutting arena.  He and his second wife, Leslie (Long), traveled the western United States, successfully showing cutting horses for several years.  He was, among other things, a finalist at the Non Pro cutting in Amarillo, Texas, as well as the Western States Cutting Horse Association Reserve Champion Non Pro in 1987.       
It was during that time that his enjoyment of bits, spurs, and all things Western turned in to the great passion of his life. He always looked forward to traveling the United States in search of the next great find. A fixture at sales and the bit and spur shows, he gained considerable knowledge which he was always willing to share with newcomers to the field.
Survivors include his wife; his son, Dr. Jamie (Dr. Rebecca) Hosmer; grandchildren, Audrey and Clark Hosmer; a sister, La Donna Stuckert; a nephew, Craig Black, and Craig's daughter, Chyanna Black,  and Chyanna's mother Lisa Corzine.  
His parents; his former wife, Barbara; and his son, Jason Hosmer, preceded him in death.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home, 75 S. 13th Ave., Brighton, which handled the arragements. Following the ceremony, there will be a gathering from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Alli Event Center, 100 S. Third Ave., Brighton, just seven blocks west of Tabor-Rice Funeral Home on Bush Street.    

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Published in Brighton Standard Blade on Sept. 26, 2018