Billy Maupin passed away July 5, 2013 at the age of 81 after a short battle with leukemia. Bill was born in White River AZ. On June 23, 1932 to William and Walrade Maupin. Bill began his cowboy life as a teenager wrangling horse on the Diamond A and Chicago Outfit in South Dakota. Bill served in Korea as a scout dog handler and was honorably discharged in 1954. Returning from duty he went back to work as a cowboy and rode saddle broncs in the R.C.A. He married Wanda (Marava) Maupin on March 17, 1956 in Pierre, South Dakota and began what would be a lifetime of learning all he could about the cow business.
After years of living in Montana, Oregon and California, Bill and Wanda settled down in North Eastern Nevada on the IL Ranch north of Elko, NV. Bill began as the ranch manager but eventually took over the day-to-day operation of the cowherd also. Holding to the traditions he learned growing up, Bill and his crew ran a roundup wagon and lived on the Owyhee desert from mid March to October offering a younger generation a glimpse of their heritage. Bill and Wanda left the IL after 17 years and eventually retired to Spring Creek, Nevada. Bill continued to work as a brand inspector for 15 years and he also started a saddle shop doing repairs, building bronc saddles and the occasional stock saddle. He remained involved in rodeo all his life and never passed up an opportunity to help or encourage the young cowboys that came into his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Boyd and Tom and the love of his life Wanda. He is survived by his daughter Brandy. Bill Maupin would be the first one to tell you that he had a good life. Thanks in part to the wonderful friends he had in his life. It is these friends that will miss him the most yet carry him in their hearts the longest.