Robert Mills Grant

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Robert Mills Grant, known as Bob Grant (December 30, 1926 - March 1, 2012), was a third-generation rancher from Platte County in southern Wyoming and a Republican member of the Wyoming House of Representatives who served from 1983 to 1992. He was particularly known for issues related to ranching, including cattle branding.[1]

Born in the capital city of Cheyenne, Grant was a lifelong resident of nearby Wheatland, Wyoming. As a child, he rode his horse named Snowball to school on the CMD Ranch on Richeau Creek. He later attended a school built at the Grant Ranch but completed high school in Wheatland. Grant ran a cow/calf operation with his parents, Duncan and Cora Grant, on the then third-generation ranch, which was established in 1884, making it one the oldest continuous operations in the state. In his younger days, he competed in calf roping and steer roping, and he was a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association gold card member. For sixteen years, he served on the Platte County Fair Board and for most of that time staged a PRCA-sanctioned rodeo in conjunction with the fair.[1]

In 1976, Grant lost his first race for a seat in the state House of Representatives,[1] but was elected in 1982. He served five two-year terms in the House and bowed out in 1992 when Platte County was reduced to a single seat in the lower house. [2]

Prior to 1980, Grant and seven others invested shares in the First State Bank in Wheatland. For sixty years, he a member of the influential Wyoming Stock Growers’ Association. He was also affiliated with the Moose lodge in Wheatland. He was chairman of the Brand and Theft Committee and once declared that "brand law in Wyoming is the best in the West.” [1]

Grant died in Cheyenne and was cremated. His memorial service was held at the Wheatland 4-H Building. He was preceded in death by his two wives, Betty Wiggam Grant and her son, Robert Wiggam, and Sue Anna McLean Conrad Grant, grandson Quent Juschka, and sisters, Verda Dey and Helen Wilson. Survivors include a daughter, Susan Grant Juschka of Glendo, Wyoming, and her son, Grant Juschka of Steamboat Spring], Colorado; sons, Mike (Becky) Grant and their daughters, Samantha, Allie and Rayne, all of Wheatland; Matt (Susie) Grant and their sons, Garrett, Ben and Alex, all of Casper, Wyoming; stepchildren, David Conrad of Las Vegas, Nevada, Tommie Anne Benigni and her daughters, Ashley, Lauren and Brooke, all of Fort Collins, Colorado; Mary Conrad McPhillips and her children, Hayley and Riley, all of Sheridan, Wyoming; and five great-grandchildren.[1]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Robert Mills Grant. trib.com, March 5, 2012. Retrieved on May 10, 2012.
  2. Wyoming Legislator Database. legisweb.state.wy.us. Retrieved on May 10, 2012.
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