Passing of a Legend – Rex Logan

Hall of Famer Logan dies at age 89
By Dwayne Erickson
For The Calgary Herald May 21, 2011  

The rodeo community is once again mourning the loss of a member of its Hall of Fame.
Rex Logan, a popular Sundre stock contractor who raised a number of outstanding bucking horses, died on Wednesday at a Ponoka senior citizens facility. He was 89 years old.
Logan is best remembered for producing two world champions – Lonesome Me and Try Me.
Lonesome Me was campaigned by the Calgary Stampede.
Retired rodeo manager Winston Bruce purchased the bay gelding in 1984 at a bucking horse sale in Hobbema for $2,000. The stocky gelding would go on to become the world bareback champion horse in 1984 and the world saddle bronc champion in 1989, 1990 and 1994. He was the first outlaw to be selected as the champion in both bucking horse events.
High River stock contractor Wayne Vold hauled the brown mare Try Me, the world and Canadian champion in 1984. She was later sold to Texas horseman Neal Gay for $18,000.
Most of Logan’s bucking horses -and those of many other stock contractors -were sired by his outstanding stud Cowboy.
Doug Vold still uses some of Logan’s mares in his breeding program.
Tragedy also marked Logan’s life. His son Gary, a world-ranked bareback rider, was one of four cowboys killed in a plane crash in northern California on May 23, 1979.
A memorial service for Rex, who was inducted into the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2004, will be held on Sunday (1: 30 p.m.) at the Legion in Sundre. Shortly after the service, one of Logan’s closest friends, seven-time Canadian bareback riding champion Dale Trottier, will climb in his light plane and spread the ashes of both father and son over the Sundre countryside.
“Gary’s death hit Rex hard, took the wind out of his sails,” said Trottier.
Rex is survived by wife Vi, son Eddie and daughter Brenda, who now runs his bucking horse breeding program.
Logan’s death follows that of Alvin Owen, a Hall of Fame inductee in 2004, who died in late April at the age of 75. His memorial service will be held at the community hall in Patricia on June 18 at 2 p.m.

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