Steve E. Thrapp
November 11, 1934-
June 1, 2008
Steve E. Thrapp, a longtime Eagle Point, Ore., resident and avid horseman, passed away June 1, 2008, following a short bout with pneumonia.
Steve Thrapp's life revolved around horses from a young age. His family moved to a ranch in Montana when he was a young boy, and it was there that his love of horses began. His early interest and success in calf roping led him to compete all over Montana and then from Cody, Wyo., to Tucson, Ariz. Tired of the cold Montana winters, Steve settled in Northern California. He purchased a farm called Sunnyside Acres from his former employer and partner, Grady Gooch. While at Sunnyside Acres, Steve bought and sold countless horses in all disciplines, primarily roping and stock horses, but pleasure horses and even some hunter / jumpers as well. His excellent eye for spotting a horse with exceptional ability earned him many repeat clients who respected his ability to find their dream horse.
Though many knew him as a shrewd businessman dealing horses, his friends knew him to be a great storyteller who enjoyed a good laugh. Steve loved to talk about horses as they were his passion. Steve and his family relocated to Eagle Point, Ore., in 1978, where he started the Rafter T Ranch. In 1980, he purchased Cals Neat Star, a Champion Snaffle Bit Futurity horse. Star was dearly loved, and was the last horse Steve was able to ride before being permanently crippled with arthritis. Star was eventually sold and syndicated, but Steve was able to repurchase him so Star could live out the rest of his days with Steve in Eagle Point.
Steve is survived by his daughters, Linda Bissett, of Aloha, Ore., Heather (Steve) Mauck, of Eagle Point, Ore.; sister, Marlene Lehman, of Powell, Wyo.; and brother, Tracy Thrapp, of Omaha, Neb.
An open house celebration of Steve's life will be held Saturday, June 21, 2008, at the home of his daughter, Heather, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call for directions (541)261-3253. Pictures and memories of Steve would be appreciated.
"Old Friends" Steve Thrapp pictured with his favorite horse Cals Neat Star, and Bonnie, his border collie. Photo provided by Heather Thrapp Mauck.
Steve E. Thrapp