1938 - 2010

Jimmy Keen

"Tex, yo-all"


Student Council 53; Librarian 54; 

F.F.A. President 56.

        Jimmy passed away January 15, 2010

Memories of Jimmy

Jimmy's Career



Jimmy lost his wife Janice April 27, 2006

Following graduation, I attended Kemper Military School and Junior College, Boonville, MO; and University of Missouri – Columbia, School of Journalism. I am a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.

As time went by, I found myself writing for several livestock and horse publications including the Quarter Horse Journal, Western Horseman, and Saddle & Bridle. I was also employed by the American Quarter Horse Association during this same time period. I often worked as sales manager and ring man for many top registered quarter horse sales throughout the country.

On October 25, 1963, Janice Elaine Ivey and I were married, and lived in Belton/Lee’s Summit area several years before relocating to Oklahoma. I have been employed in the explosive business (Gulf Oil, William Bros. Pipeline, Slurry Explosives Corporation, and Buckley Powder) for over 40 years, and as such, I traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Bahamas. During my years of working in explosives, I served as President of the OZARK Chapter of International Society of Explosive Engineers.

Janice and I have lived in Oklahoma including a stint in Texas for over 30 years.  For over 10 years, I have been active in the rodeo production in Pryor, and have watched it grow into winning awards as Rodeo of the Year for the past 10 years. I still raise, breed, train and sell quarter horses, and have produced several horses that have competed and won on the national level. I am also a member of the Senior Pro Rodeo Association and the American Quarter Horse Association. I also served as President of the Northeast Oklahoma Performance Horse Breeders Association for 11 years, and each year, I manage an auction for our members.

Janice and I had three children: Jamie Elaine, deceased; Jeffrey Leon (Jeff) - 38, Electrician; and Jonathan Patrick (Jon Pat) - 35, Industrial Maintenance. We have five grandchildren: Tyler 17; Chelsea 16; Todd Patrick 13; Jonathan Taylor - 8; and Jaycee Keen- 8. Granddaughter, Chelsea, is an accomplished team roper and competes in Junior and Senior High School rodeos. Chelsea is good enough to rope with her dad, Jeff, and Uncle Jon, who are both champion team ropers. Jeff won All State High School Championship Team Roper and Jon Pat won American Junior Quarter Horse Association Team Roper. Chelsea has won a room full of trophies and belt buckles. All 5 of our grandchildren are very athletic (football, soccer, baseball) and keep everyone very busy. Tyler is also very involved in the Pryor high school band, both symphony and marching band, and this past year, his band was invited to play in a bowl game.

Janice is an active partner with me in both horse and company businesses, and we enjoy going to Vegas, Reno, and the National Finals Rodeo each year.

I find myself slowing down as I can’t stand the “wrecks” that go along with breaking horses and rodeoing.  I think I have a 19 year old brain in a 67 year old body. Lots of times, it doesn’t work, but I hope to do it as long as I can.

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