Lyman H. Rollins, 92, returned to be with his "beautiful lady" on Oct. 26.
Lyman was born Jan. 19, 1920, in Cumberland and grew up as a child in the Bridger Valley area, learning how to be a hard-working cowboy at an early age.
He married Lois Mae Bradshaw in the Salt Lake City, Utah, LDS Temple on Sept. 25, 1940. They settled in Salt Lake, and he worked in the family's glass shop while moonlighting at a horse ranch breaking yearlings. He served in the Navy during World War II. After the war, Lyman and his father sold the glass shop and began training thoroughbred race horses full time, a career that consumed the rest of their lives.
Lyman retired last year at the age of 91. His career took him to most of the race tracks in the west, and some in the east. He trained horses that set track and world records, served faithfully on the board of the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and received many local and state honors, include being inducted into the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame, and receiving a lifetime achievement award from the State of Arizona Racing Commission. Lyman loved and excelled in his career, but his first love was his wife and his posterity.
Lyman is survived by his children, sons Brent Rollins (Francie) of Cave Creek, Ariz; and Val Rollins (Joyce) of Layton, UT, and daughters Nancy Rollins and Stormie Menniti (Bill), and daughter-in-law, Sharon (Bradley) Rollins, all of Phoenix, as well as 27 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren (with more on the way).
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister, son (Bradley), and daughter (Roxanne), and friends and relatives too numerous to mention. He was loved by myriads of people from all walks of life, and will be deeply missed. Visitation for Lyman Rollins was held Nov. 2, at Shadow Mountain Mortuary in Phoenix, Ariz., and prior to the funeral on Nov. 3, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Phoenix North Stake building. Funeral services followed at 10:15 a.m. Burial was at Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale, Ariz.
Donations could be made to After the Home Stretch, a retired race horse rescue organization in lieu of flowers. See their website at http://afterthehomestretchaz.org/. Memories or condolences can be entered on the Guest Book at www.shadowmountainmortuary.com
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