Jeffery Nathan 'Nate' LupherJan 9, 2014 Staff
Jeffery Nathan "Nate" Lupher died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at home on his family ranch in Mountain View. He was 53 years old.
Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Mountain View High School. Visitation with family will be noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11.
Jeffery Nathan "Nate" Lupher was born July 4, 1960, the son of James Wesley Lupher and Myrna Christine (Behunin) Lupher.
He graduated from Mountain View High School.
After graduation, he attended a year of professional horse training taught by Roy Yates in Aspen, Colo. He also worked for Badgers Construction and as an iron worker. Then he went to work for Solvay Chemical for about 15 years as a mechanic, all while ranching and shoeing horses.
His family said he loved training horses, roping, breeding performance horses and raising top-of-the-line cattle. His passion for horses started at age 3, when he rode the Hamilton Ranch behind or in the saddle with his dad, sometimes taking a nap while riding. He started training horses at the age of 12 and on his 13th birthday, rode his first saddle bronc at the Fourth of July rodeo. He earned his own money and sent for his own bronc saddle, unknown by his parents until it arrived in the mail.
He raised and showed the only state champion market steer from Uinta County and raised many grand and reserve champion market steers and breeding heifers. He was asked to judge numerous livestock shows even though he had no college education.
He spent most of his free time teaching young children how to rope and ride. His family said he also enjoyed traveling with close friends to participate in many rodeos, including the world series in Las Vegas.
He is survived by his mother, Myrna; brothers Wade Scott Lupher (Angie) of Kinnear, James Wesley Lupher Jr. (Becky) and John Clark Lupher (Tamara) of Mountain View; daughter Jade Byers; and son Jacob Roy Fanos (Lupher) and partner Raquel Minton, who he enjoyed spending the last seven years with, traveling and working side by side.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Allene Chase; grandparents Orson and Christina Behunin; father James Wesley Lupher; and sister Deborah Gail Branham.