Rex “Bud” Kerby, a PRCA top stock contractor for more than 30 years, died Oct. 10, 2010, at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kerby became ill on Sept. 18, shortly after the completion of a rodeo in St. George, Utah. He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia a week later.
Bud was born June 10, 1940 in Moab to Verda Mae Burdick and D. A. “Swanny” Kerby. His childhood was spent in Moab, where he attended Grand County schools until his family moved to Grand Junction, Colo. in 1952. They later moved to Arizona for four winters and then he and his parents settled in Salt Lake City, where he graduated from high school and began working with his parents to build the World Champion Bar T Rodeo Company.
He married his sweetheart, Evelyn P. Mullins, on June 21, 1961, in Elko, Nev.
In approximately 1990, Bud and Evelyn purchased Bar T Rodeo Company from his parents, who had furnished quality rodeo stock for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), since 1959.
Bud grew up in the rodeo business. From an early age he was taking care of the livestock, sharing his love of animals, and competing in the sport of rodeo as a saddle bronc rider and as a pick-up man for 25 years. Many of his rodeo competitors, considered Bud one of the best pick-up men the sport of rodeo may ever know.
At the time of his death, Bud was living in Chester, Utah with his wife Evelyn, and producing world champion rodeos.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Kerby, Chester, Utah; daughters, Wendie (Jeff) Flitton and Lori (Martin) Pierce, all of Chester; grandchildren, Kellie (Sam) Addington Cody (Linda) Flitton, Tylee Pierce and Alie Jo Pierce; great-grandchildren, Kate Flitton, McKenna Addington; sisters Barbara (Don) Peterson, Mt. Pleasant, UT and Vonna “Tiss” (Ted) McDougall, Moab, Utah.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Danette Kerby, and grandson, Brodie Pierce.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct.16, 2010 in the Sanpitch LDS Chapel in Wales, Utah, where approximately 700 to 800 friends, and family came to express their condolences. Interment was at the Moroni City Cemetery, in Moroni, Utah.