John F. Bryan
He was born in Gooding on July 10, 1942, to Ward McDowell “Mike” and Erma (Eakin) Bryan, joining his older sister Fae. He was raised along the Malad River in the Tuttle and Gooding area, never moving more than a few miles away from where he started. He graduated from Gooding High School in 1960 and his fondest memory was earning his State Farmer Degree.
He said it was love at first sight when he met Beverly Slatter but it took her a few years to come around. It didn’t help that their first meeting included him getting bucked off a horse in the gravel pit. He always knew how to leave an impression. They married August 31, 1962 and a few year later, added Shawn and then Dawn to their family.
John bought his first registered Hereford heifers for Bev for their 2nd anniversary and began developing what would become JBB Herefords. As the operation grew James and Dawn joined the partnership and it became JBB/AL Herefords. He was a 4-H Leader for several years as well as an Advisor for the Idaho Junior Hereford Association. In 2012, he and Skeeter decided the ranch needed a bit more color and bought some Red Angus heifers. John was an active member of the American Hereford Association and the Idaho Hereford Breeders where he served on the board in various capacities. He was a member of the Magic Valley Cattle Association and served as a Director. He was also a Director with the Idaho Cattle Association and served as Purebred Council Chairman for 2 years. John and Bev were inducted into the Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame in 2005 and their story was told in several livestock publications. John was also a member of the Gooding First Christian Church.
There’s nothing John enjoyed more than family, good friends, a good horse, good cattle and a good laugh. He often would ride his horse by the shop to see what piece of equipment James or Skeeter was working on before sauntering off to ride through the cows. He was a cattleman, not a mechanic.
John his survived by: his wife, Beverly; children, Shawn and Stacy Bryan and James and Dawn Anderson; grandchildren, Skeeter, Jae, Cassy and Mike; sister, Fae (Ed) Christopherson; mother-in-law, Lavella Slatter; nephews, Denny (Pauletta) Slatter, Ron (Lorrie) Slatter and Terry (Barbara) Slatter; great nieces, Brandee (Slatter), Michelle (Slatter) and Jamie (Ramsey); and several dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Floyd and Ethel Eakin, who first shared the love of ranching with him; parents, Mike and Erma Bryan; and father-in-law, Glenn Slatter.
The family invites everyone to grab a blanket to sit on and join them in celebrating John’s life on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:30 am at the Rodeo Arena at the Gooding County Fairgrounds. Services will conclude at the arena with a gathering for family and friends to follow.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made in John’s name to: Gooding F.F.A. Scholarship Fund; 1050 West 7th Ave. Gooding, Idaho 83330.
Cremation arrangements and funeral services are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Gooding Chapel.
Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting the obituary link at www.demarayfuneralservice.com.