1942 - 2012
Born in Walla Walla to Lawrence G. and Elsie (Meiners) Frazier, Ken was raised on
a cattle and farming ranch south of Walla Walla. He has always been involved with
livestock and agricultural. He graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1961
where he was very active in FFA, started as guard for the Blue Devil’s football team
and was Captain of the Wrestling Team.
Ken attended college in Wyoming and in California, where he received his horse
shoeing credentials. He worked with great shoeing mentors, Curtis Tarwater and
Don Hemstrom and became a master in his field.
Ken was a member of the Presbyterian Church but was
currently attending the Walla Walla Valley Cowboy Church. He met
some wonderful people at the Sunday gatherings, where he loved
getting up and talking about God and his experiences. He always
had a poem to share. Ken was a devout Christian.
Ken married Judy (Curcio) Frazier, on December 12, 1965.
They have one son, Troy. Troy and his wife, Maryanne, have three
daughters. Ken and Judy have passed onto them their love for horses
and rodeo. Ken was very proud of what his family has accomplished
and always said, “I will provide them with the opportunity, so they
can cultivate their skills,” and that they have. Troy and Maryanne
have also raised four foster children and Ken was very proud of
their accomplishments as well.
Ken loved sharing his family stories and new ventures with
his daily breakfast group. “Cheers” had nothing on his group. Less
than a week of his death, Ken was still driving to town for breakfast
at Smith’s Restaurant where they so appreciated Ken that they quit
Ken was a Gold Card holder in the Professional Rodeo
Cowboys Association. He competed at Rodeos in Calf Roping and
Team Roping. He and his dad later become involved with cutting
horses where they traveled together on the Cutting Circuit. Ken
trained outside horses for several years. Ken was a shoer by trade,
but in his later years decided to take up rawhide braiding. When he
decided to do something, he became a driven man and at the time
of his death was doing a lot of custom braiding work for his family
Ken was chute boss for the Walla Walla Frontier Days Rodeo
for 27 years, a position he took great pride in. This year, he was
inducted into the Walla Walla Frontier Days Cowboy Legends
Hall of Fame. He was a past member of the Walla Walla Wagon
Wheelers, Milton Freewater Pioneer Posse, Northwest Quarter
Horse Association, Walla Walla Farmers Co-op, Northwest Grain
Growers, Walla Walla County Cattlemen’s Association and the
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Assn.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Larry and Elsie
Frazier. He is survived by his wife at home, Judy; his son, Troy
and daughter-in-law, Maryanne; his 3 granddaughters, Courtney,
Carley and Cloey Frazier; his foster grandchildren, Imena Gonzales,
Josephine James, Moises Venegas and Caroline James; three great
grandchildren, Preston Tate Frazier, Tristen Gonzales and Kaya-
Mae Amiah James; his three brothers, Jerry Frazier and wife, Anne,
from The Dalles, Ed Frazier and wife, Carol, from Nevada City,
California, Joe Frazier and wife, Debbie, from Walla Walla. Ken
loved and will be missed by numerous, sister-in laws, brother-in
laws, nieces, nephews, friends, and his loyal friend, Maggie, the
Viewing & visitation will be held Monday, November 19, 2012
from 1:00 to 7:00 pm at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home,
315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA. Burial will be 10:00 am Tuesday,
November 20, 2012 at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens and a
Celebration of life will be at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds
at 11:00 am November 20, 2012. Memorials may be made in
Ken’s name to Walla Walla Community Hospice, Walla Walla
Community College Farrier Scholarship Fund, Walla Walla Valley
Cowboy Church or the charity of choice through the funeral home.
Family & friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.