Delbert Applebee, 55, of Chino Valley, Ariz., born Oct. 5, 1957, in Santa Ana, Calif., passed away Feb. 4, 2013 following a battle with cancer. He was a longtime and beloved resident off the Chino Valley and well known on the local rodeo, roping and agriculture scene. He was part owner of Chino Valley Auction Company, a team roper, and worked as ringman at the Prescott Livestock Auction for the past 20 years, and bought and sold cows and horses throughout Arizona.
Pat Earle was Delberts partner in the Chino Valley Auction Company. Earle said that Applebee lived in Chino Valley for more than 26 years and was involved in many community events and organizations, including the Sheriff's Posse, Chino Valley Rodeo Association, FFA, Chino Valley Irrigation District.
"He was an iconic figure in Chino Valley, being easily recognized by his narrow brimmed cattle buyer's hat," wrote Earle. "He was a valuable member of our town and important to those who knew him whether as family, friend, or acquaintance. Delbert was an inspiration and mentor to young and old alike." The contributions and support to local youth will be missed, said Casey Farnsworth, Chino Valley High School FFA instructor.
According to Earle, Applebee, father of three and grandfather to 11, celebrated his 55thbirthday this past October. He and his wife Genny had been married for 36 years.