Manderson “Curtis” Clair Coomes, 75, peacefully passed away at his home Jan. 23, 2018.
Curtis was born Oct. 14, 1942, to Clair and Irma Coomes. He lived his entire life on the family ranch in the Pine Bluff Hills of Grass Creek west of Manderson, S.D.
Curtis lived his life doing the things that he loved. He rode saddle broncs as good as anybody, and toured the PRCA for a decade. His true love was ranching. He was widely admired for raising industry respected performance quarter horses as well as one of the finest commercial Hereford herds ever produced. The care and condition of his livestock was his highest priority. Many a Hereford spent her last day on the ranch because he felt that she deserved better than being sold.
Curtis started flying in the early 60s. It was an integral part of his life and became his daily routine. He loved to fly so that he could see the big picture of how his cattle were positioned, and to spot any trouble. But he was also a traditional cow man and managed his cattle on horseback.
In 2012, during shipping, Curtis was badly hurt in a horse wreck while gathering his herd. He had to go to Mayo for his care. Through shear will power and on a flip phone, he found a way to get himself back home against all advice from his doctors and friends. He pulled through, and continued to manage his ranch in his own way and on his own terms until his death. Curtis was out feeding and checking his cattle a week before he passed.
Curtis is one of the last of a vanishing breed and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by one son, Chane (Moira) Coomes of Manderson, S.D.; two grandchildren, Corbin and Catelyn Coomes, and great-grandchildren, Coldon and Piper all from eastern Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his parents and three infant siblings.
Services were Jan. 30 at First United Methodist Church in Rapid City, S.D., with Elder Gordon Howie officiating. Interment followed at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City.
A memorial has been established. Friends may sign Curtis’s online guestbook at www.kirkfuneralhome.com.