H.J. (Joe) Burrow

Joe rode out of the arena in his usual quiet style on June 29, 2008, after spending each day of his 91 years making the most out of the gifts, talents and opportunities which had been given to him. He had a love for the life of a rancher and outdoorsman. He lived a life that allowed him to follow his passions.

His family lived in southern California. They also had a cabin in the
desert. He and his brother (Bud) spend their childhoods hiking and
hunting jackrabbits and ground squirrels. When Joe was just 13, he was
hired for the summer at a cattle ranch in Idaho. He worked at a number
of ranches in Montana and Idaho for the next four years.
   
During World War II, he worked at his father’s pattern shop, creating patterns for military aircraft.
   
In
1945, he moved his family to Ashland. He worked at a local saw mill
while building his molding mill. "Bellview Moulding" supplied pine and
cedar moldings to lumber yards in the Rogue Valley and northern
California for 40 years.
   
During the 1950s, he lived his
dream as a cowboy. Through careful study and selection, he developed an
award-winning line of quarter horses, some of which went on to gain
national fame. During the ‘60s, he moved his horse business to Eagle
Point. He enjoyed the camaraderie of other Quarter Horse Association
members, participating and judging in horse shows. Judging 4-H equine
events were among his favorites.
   
After his "retirement" from
both businesses, he and his wife, Irma, moved to their dream home on
Jenny Creek. It was there, at the age of 70, he began to sculpt horses,
western scenes, and wildlife using the "lost wax" method of producing
bronze statues. Many of his creations were featured in local museums.
He also helped create the six service seals for the Veteran’s Park
Memorial in Medford.
   
He touched many lives and made many friends.
   
He
leaves a daughter, Carol Nelson of Talent; an adopted daughter,
Michelle Garbatt and her daughter, of Richfield, Wash.; two
grandchildren;; two great-grandchildren and his sister, Lila Peiffer.
   
He was preceded in death by wives, Lillian and Irma, an adopted son, Randy, his parents, and a brother, Bud.
   
In
lieu of flowers, please support either the American Diabetes
Association or the American Alzheimer Association. Both diseases took
the life of his beloved Irma in 2007.
   
There will be a private service at a later date.
 

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