Billy Bob (Robert William) Shupe died Friday night, Nov. 20, 2009, doing what he loved. He was riding his motorcycle down to Arizona to see his grandsons, Brent and James.
Billy Bob was born on Nov. 21, 1967 in Moab, to Robert and Janice Ferguson Shupe. He is the oldest of five siblings, Hyrum, Nuggett, Shasta, and Bobbie Jean. Billy Bob grew up in Moab and attended the local schools. His favorite activity when he was young was participating in the “Little Buckaroo Rodeo.” He was a joy to watch, because he was always having so much fun. Whether he was riding the sheep around and around the arena, or laying in the dirt face first.
His love of horses continued to grow as he was raised up around all the “old cowhands” in Moab. He even learned at a very young age to speak “cowboy,” which got his mouthed washed out with soap on occasion. He spent many hours taking care of and riding his favorite horse, Dobbin. You wouldn’t see him without his boots, hat, and chaps unless it was a very rare day. Billy Bob loved “cowboying” with his good friend, Karl Tangren. He taught Billy Bob as much as possible about riding, herding, and story telling that a young kid could learn. He continued his love of cowboying in Panguitch, during the summers of his High School years with his Uncle Paul.
As Billy Bob grew older, he was active in school sports including high school football and wrestling. He was known as a fierce competitor. Like everything else in life, he just went after things with everything he had. He didn’t look back, or count the consequences, he just went forward, no matter what.
Billy Bob married the love of his life, Edith Pearson, on May 26, 2001 in Moab. They had many great adventures. They were able to travel to many different places and Billy loved to share those experiences with his family.
Billy Bob loved driving his truck and owning his own trucks. He loved to hunt, fish, and generally being in the out of doors, working. He was currently employed at Intrepid.
Billy Bob is survived by his wife, Edie; his stepson, Bryan (Kathy) Goode; stepdaughter, Randalyn (Ben) Fierro; and eight beautiful grandchildren, Brent, James, Devin, Dakota, Keara, Katelynn, Carlee, and Tanner.
He is also survived by his parents, Robert J. and Janice Shupe; two brothers, Cloyd Dale (Hyrum) and Nuggett Nicholas (Maria); two sisters, Shasta (Jason) Thein and Bobby Jean (Chad) Bigler; grandparents, Willis Ferguson and Wilma Anderson, and many aunts, (who each one thought was his second Mom) uncles and cousins who think he is the greatest.
He was preceded in death by his stepson Matthew Goode, and his grandparents, Ella and Bill Shupe.