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John F. Vallentine – Cowboy Historian

John F. VallentineJohn F. Vallentine: “It was the cattleman rather than the cowboy that was the central character on the ranching frontier.”

On August 1, 1931, John Franklin “Frank” Vallentine was born in the Lexington Community of Clark County to John Fillmore and Venna Eletha Irene Vallentine. He was raised on a stock farm at this locality. While attending Ashland High School, he met future wife, Bonnie Blanche Clawson. They were married on August 10, 1950. They both attended Kansas State University.

He served in the U.S. Air Force. Continuing his education, he received an M.S. degree from Utah State University and a Ph.D. degree at Texas A & M. He held faculty positions at Utah State University and the University of Nebraska before settling at Brigham Young University in 1968, where he was a professor of range management until his retirement.

John is a professional genealogist and local historian, and has authored several books on ranch management and family history. He considers Lexington history a specialty. Notably, in 1998, he penned Cattle Ranching South of Dodge City – The Early Years 1870-1920. It is a thoroughly researched and well-written account of the early ranches and cowboys in the area. Bonnie Blanche passed away in 2004. John lives in Springville, Utah near his three children, John, Dixie Lee Davis and Cindy Richins, and his six grandchildren.

Year inducted: 2012

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