Glenn Clay Herriman, owner of the Northern Cross Rodeo Company, died Dec. 11 at his home in Omak, Wash., surrounded by his family, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. He was 59.
Herriman founded his stock contracting firm in 1986 and provided roughstock animals for hundreds of amateur rodeos in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana through 2003.
He purchased his card with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 2004.
Over the last seven seasons, Northern Cross has provided stock for PRCA rodeos in his hometown of Omak, Wash.; as well as in Lynden, Wash.; Grandview, Wash.; Okanogan, Wash.; Madras, Ore., and for the Dodge Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo in Redmond, Ore.
Five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer became the first PRCA cowboy to surpass $3 million in career earnings in a single event this August when he rode Northern Cross horse Showtime to victory at Lynden.
Herriman was born Aug. 6, 1951, at Omak Memorial Hospital to Coy Z. and Nadie Herriman. He attended Omak High School and graduated in 1969. In 1971, he and his father started Herriman Construction. Glenn enjoyed riding saddle bronc horses at local rodeos when he was not busy building the business.
Herriman owned and operated several businesses throughout his life, including Century 21 Real Estate. The past several years he owned and operated Herriman Speedy Septic Service in addition to the Northern Cross Rodeo Company.
He was a member of the PRCA, ProWest Rodeo Association, Okanogan County Fair Board and the Masons.
He is survived by his mother, Nadie Herriman; brother Coy R. (Pam) Herriman; and sister, Connie Black; both of Omak; brother, David Herriman of Benton City, Wash.; his wife of 36 years, Belinda; son Butch Herriman, daughters Stacie (Nathan) Munson, Melissa (Gary) George, Nicky (Jonathan) Abrahamson, Tiffany Herriman, Brandy Herriman, and Trisha Herriman; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Coy Z. Herriman and his grandparents.
Services were held Dec. 16, at the Okanogan County Agriplex, followed by graveside services at Okanogan Valley Memorial Gardens. There was a dinner at the Okanogan County Agriplex following the interment.