January 18, 1933 - April 5, 2011
Larry “Goat or Sheep” Woolsey, 78 was born Jan. 18, 1933 in Cliff, N.M.
He was a “true cowboy” who was unexpectedly taken from his loving wife of 36 years, Patty (White) Woolsey on April 5, 2011.
Mr. Woolsey died doing what he did best — helping out others and being with his horses.
He was the youngest of 12 children and grew up in the very small town of Cliff, N.M. and came to Mesa, Ariz. when he was 9 years old where he had electricity in his home for the first time.
Mr. Woolsey worked for Tanner Company’s United Metro Division starting with road construction and ending his 35-year career as the vice president of operations in both Phoenix and Tucson.
While living in Mesa, he and his wife raised and rode horses, traveled the West on their motorcycle, and made many friends.
He spent the last 20 years living in Star Valley, boarding horses and enjoying the outdoors including his horses, dogs, gardening, keeping his grass cut and recently building his cantina.
Mr. Woolsey was an avid horseback rider and trainer who raised, rode, and trained his best friend, Laredo, for 22 years. He volunteered for several organizations including the Southside Sheriff’s Posse, Payson Rodeo Committee, and recently the Gila County Mounted Posse.
He was loved by everyone that met him and was best known for being ornery, telling jokes, singing on the trail, and just being an all around great friend to all.
Arrangements for a memorial service are pending.
A celebration of Mr. Woolsey‘s life will be at his beloved Goat Camp, 379 N. Valley Road in Star Valley at high noon on Saturday, April 16.
Donations in his memory may be sent to Gila County Mounted Posse, P.O. Box 1551, Payson, AZ 85547.