He was preceded in death by his parents and a beloved sister, Margie Steadtler. He leaves behind a devoted wife, Jamie Duffy Humberson, and a daughter, Lauri Humberson.
Anyone who ever knew Budgie knows he rode or showed good horses. Budgie trained horses for the O’Brien ranch for many years, competing in area Quarter Horse shows, rodeos, and calf ropings, and he won more than a fair share of these, as shown by the wall full of belt buckles, trophies and plaques that represented his accomplishments. Among these, he showed the high-point performance horse, Ace’s Susanna, and qualified as Trainer of the Year in the Pan American Quarter Horse Breeders Association in 1968.
Budgie passed his knowledge of horses on to many of his “kids” he helped as a Boots and Saddles 4-H Club project leader. Budgie and his wife Jamie also opened their home to several young men, who lived with them and worked for Budgie, taking care of barn duties, working chutes, roping calves and steers and riding horses.
Budgie was among the last surviving cowboys and ranch hands he learned from and worked with in the brush and in the arena. A 1990’s photograph of these men—Richard Ramon, Ben Cumpian, Budgie, Nick Rivas, Sr., Mike “Midnight” Rivas and Lupe Gonzales, lined up horseback ready to ride in the annual Western Week Parade—captures decades of the ups and downs of hard work, shared purpose and friendship. Budgie called on these experiences in his later years, doing custom cow work for a number of area ranches, training cowhorses and cowdogs, and raising cattle until a stroke forced him to retire from an active and abundant life.
If a man’s life is measured by wealth beyond the material “getting and spending” of this world, Budgie leaves behind more memories than a man has a right to count, more good horses than most people get to ride in a lifetime, and more than his share of family and friends who are better people for having known him. Lawrence Darrell “Budgie” Humberson leaves this world a rich man.
Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Galloway & Sons Chapel. Graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2013, at Duffy Family Ranch Cemetery.