WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) remembered his friend and long-time cattle rancher Joe Bill Dearing, who passed away earlier week, in the Congressional Record, the official proceedings of Congress.
The following are remarks printed in the Congressional Record:
Mr. President, I rise today to remember Joe Bill Dearing, an Arkansan with a big heart who loved to tell a good story and was a legend in Hereford cattle breeding. He passed away on Monday, January 30, 2017, at the age of 88.
Joe was born in Harrison, Arkansas. He married his high school sweetheart, Dennie, in 1947 and the couple pursued a career in farming at their Red Robin Farm.
Joe came from a family of farmers so his passion for the industry and dedication to his craft came as no surprise. He established a nationally recognized herd of Polled Hereford cattle and became an internationally recognized Hereford cattle breeder.
This success also earned he and Dennie the recognition of Boone County Family Farm of the Year in 1973.
He took his expertise to Montana in 1978 to work in the cattle industry and was active on the national cattle show circuit, winning the award for National Champion bull in 1994 and 1995.
After his decades of raising cattle, he could still remember, in detail, his prized animals. He was more than happy to share pictures and stories of his cattle.
Joe was a long-time member of the Union Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, church secretary and treasurer.
The Dearings were so kind to my daughters as they were showing cows through 4-H. We spent countless hours with Joe and Dennie traveling all over the country and we witnessed the great examples of integrity and character that defined their lives.
Joe Dearing left a lasting legacy. He was a beloved husband, friend, community member and cattle rancher. I was proud to call him my friend and in fact, he and Dennie always seemed more like family. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this difficult time.