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2/6/2013 8:46:00 AM
Delbert Applebee was 'iconic figure' in Chino Valley: memorial services are Friday.
Delbert Applebee, shown here with his wife of 36 years, Genny, was a respected local rancher and community booster. Courtesy Photo
Delbert Applebee, shown here with his wife of 36 years, Genny, was a respected local rancher and community booster.

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Matt Santos

Delbert Applebee, longtime Chino Valley resident and fixture on the local rodeo and agricultural scene, died early Monday morning following a battle with cancer.

"Delbert was my friend for over 12 years," said Pat Earle in a written statement to the Review. She and Applebee were partners in the Chino Valley Auction Company. "He was always generous with his time and advice on just about any subject."

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, 4-H, and had served as ring man at the Prescott Livestock Auction for 20 years.

"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.

"He always helped us out and was a huge supporter of all our programs," said Farnsworth. "He liked what we were doing at the (Cooper Ag Center) and was very involved with the 4h FFA Yavapai County Expo, buying a lot of animals at the expo from the kids. Not because he needed them, but as a way to support the kids in what they were doing. He'll be missed."

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.

No information on funeral arrangements was available by Review deadline.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Article comment by: Cherye Jechura

Delbert was a super person who was always there if you needed him, he had a larger than life personality that made you smile and made you happy you could call him friend. I had the good luck to work with him in many ways through the sale barn, construction and and first met him and Genny when they moved to their current home about 26 years ago. I will miss you my friend and the sale barn will never be the same.

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: Kathi Schmier

Jack and I were proud to have known Del and his family for the last 20 years. May he rest in peace and we will keep all of the family in our thoughts and Prayers at this very difficult time.

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: Lindsay Roskopf

Delbert was everything this article says and more. We will all miss him so much. RIP Delbert

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