Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame
October 18, 2023
October 14, 2023
Christy Stensland, Executive Director, (406) 653-3800, [email protected]
Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Announces 2024 Inductees
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) announces their 16th class of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The inductees were chosen from a fie11
id DuWayne Wilson, MCHF & WHC president. "Our volunteer trustees around Montana vote on nominations that come from the district in which they reside. This process gives the local communities a strong voice in who will represent them in the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame".
The MCHF & WHC board of directors has designated 12 trustee districts across the state from which up to 20 trustees may be appointed. Nomination criteria established by the board for the Class of 2024 inductions allowed the election of one Living Inductee and one Legacy Inductee from each of the 12 districts.
District 1 District 1 (Daniels, Phillips, Roosevelt, Sheridan, & Valley Counties): Living: Henry "Gary" Danelson of Scobey; Legacy: David C Funk of Frazer.
District 2 District 2 (Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Prairie, Richland, & Wibaux Counties): Living: Harold Lee Isaacs of Jordan; Legacy: Donald Goodman "Don" Holt of Sidney.
District 3 (Carter, Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Rosebud, & Treasure Counties): Living: Wayne M. Morford of Miles City; Legacy: Miles City Bucking Horse Sale of Miles City.
District 4 (Blaine, Chouteau, Hill, & Liberty Counties): Living: Leon LaSalle of Laredo; Legacy: Clarence Basil Cuts The Rope of Hays.
District 5 (Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton, & Toole Counties): Living: Alvin "Dutch" Lunak & Stuntmen of Blackfeet Country of Valier; Legacy: Joe DeYong of Great Falls.
District 6 (Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum, & Wheatland Counties): Living: Durl J. Gibbs of Buffalo; Legacy: Donald Elton "Don" Abarr of Grass Range
District 7 (Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, & Yellowstone Counties): Living: Lynn "Jonnie" Jonckowski of Billings; Legacy: Elmer E. "Slim" Kobold of Kirby.
District 8 (Broadwater, Jefferson, & Lewis and Clark Counties): Living: Lenore McKelvey Puhek of Helena; Legacy: Paul B. Hart of Helena.
District 9 (Gallatin, Meagher, & Park Counties): Living: Delbert & Janice High of Bozeman; Legacy: Raymond P. "Ray" Ansotegui of Livingston.
District 10 (Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, & Sanders Counties): Living: Betty Mae Wemple Schall of Arlee; Legacy: Alvin Merritt of Pablo.
District 11: (Mineral, Missoula, & Ravalli Counties): Living: Paul Zarzyski of Missoula; Legacy: William E. "Bill" Mytty of Lolo.
District 12: (Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Silver Bow, Granite, Madison, & Powell Counties): Living: Walter Elroy "Walt" Shaw of Cardwell; Legacy: John William "Pat" McDonald of Philipsburg.
The MCHF & WHC plans to honor these inductees during the MCHF Annual Induction Ceremony & Western Heritage Gathering February 10, 2024, in Great Falls at the Heritage Inn. Look for more information as it becomes available on our Facebook page and on our website.
Full biographies for past inductees are available on the MCHF & WHC's website, http://www.montanacowboyfame.org. This year's inductees will be added to the website in the near future.
For further information, contact the MCHF & WHC at 406-653-3800 or email [email protected].
Editor Note: Harold Lee Isaacs is father to Jana (Flint) Hance of Circle