Alan Steward McLaurin

Rozet resident Alan Steward McLaurin, 77, died Friday, June 7, 2019, at his home.

Funeral services for Mr. McLaurin begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gillette Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Rozet Cemetery.

Visitation is two hours prior to services from noon to 2 p.m. at Gillette Memorial Chapel.

He was born on Nov. 19, 1941, in Higbee, Colorado, to Betty and Al McLaurin.

Due to family changes, his sister Jay stayed with their mother and he went to live with his aunt Grace and uncle Newt in La Junta, Colorado, where he dropped out of school in the third grade to help work the family ranch.

When he turned 15, he went to California and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged when friendly fire destroyed his eardrum and left shrapnel in his gluteus maximus.

California also was where Mr. McLaurin met the love of his life, Bobbi. Together they built a life traveling to rodeos, training horses, raising cows while he worked construction as his main trade.

In 2000, he moved to Wyoming with his wife, daughter and son-in-law.

In 2008, he enjoyed the birth of his one and only grandchild, Trena.

In 2010, Mr. McLaurin was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer, which he beat. “Cowboys never weaken,” he would say.

He had many hobbies, including teaching kids about ranching, roping, fishing and building bits and spurs. He loved to roughhouse with all the neighborhood kids, keeping their minds busy and them out of trouble. The ranch he ran was the community hangout for all the area kids.

He lost the love of his life in February 2018 and he slowly declined from there, but vowed to live to their anniversary date of June 6.

Mr. McLaurin is survived by his daughter, Shauna; son-in-law, Matt; a granddaughter; and numerous extended family and countless friends too many to list.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Bobbi.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716.

Condolences also may be expressed at gillettememorialchapel.com or attached to the obituary at gillettenewsrecord.com.

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