Deb Copenhaver’s legacy reached far beyond his heyday on the rodeo circuit – The Spokesman

Talk all you want about Deb Copenhaver’s legacy as a rodeo cowboy, but it would be a mistake to overlook his long, rich life as a man of many parts.

In his day, the jockey-size fellow from small-town Lincoln County was a giant on horseback. Later, he operated a restaurant, created a construction company, raised horses, developed racetracks and devoted the last third of his life to doing good.

He’s also remembered as a gregarious guy, a wonderful dancer and a singer.

Copenhaver, 94, died in his sleep Wednesday night in his Creston, Washington, home. Six decades ago, he was a transcendent more at

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