Memorial Fund

THANKS TO A GENEROUS DONATION IN THE NAME OF AL BENTON(LM 130), THIS PAGE HAS BEEN CREATED TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF WILD SHEEP LOVERS! MEMORIAL DONATIONS WILL BE INVESTED IN THE CONSERVATION FUND WHICH ENSURES THAT PROJECTS TO PUT AND KEEP KIDS AND WILD SHEEP ON THE MOUNTAIN ARE COMPLETED FOREVER IN WYOMING.

DAVID CHARLES LOCKMAN

1947-2022

Dave Lockman earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology and Range Management from Colorado State University in 1969 and a Master of Science degree in Avian Biology from CSU in 1971.  He worked as a field biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) for nineteen years and retired from the Department as Education Supervisor after thirty-two years of service.
During his tenure as a wildlife biologist, Dave made significant contributions to Wyoming’s wildlife, whether it was testing new data collection techniques for big game or improved management techniques for waterfowl.  Dave had a great interest in wetlands and waterfowl.  He was the WGFD Western Wyoming Waterfowl Manager for many years, restoring and expanding trumpeter swan populations in Wyoming.  He conducted inventories and population surveys, designed management plans, initiated the wetland mapping and classification system used by USFWS for Wyoming wetlands, organized the first Rocky Mountain Trumpeter Swan Population Management subcommittee for the U.S. and Canada, organized the Whooping Crane Management and Recovery Effort for Wyoming, and authored or co-authored numerous technical articles during his career.
While Education Supervisor, Dave prepared and supervised the implementation and management of over 20 cooperative agreements with Wyoming communities and developed over 50 interpretive education projects, supervised the development of the Outdoor Recreation Education Opportunities program for Wyoming schools, coordinated the establishment of the National Bighorn Sheep Center in Dubois, Wyoming, and created wildlife viewing sites across the state as part of the “Wyoming’s Wildlife-Worth the Watching” program.  He planned and developed the first Wyoming Hunting and Fishing Heritage Exposition hosted by the Department.  This became an annual event in Wyoming for over 13,000 families and youth annually.  He co-authored the “Outdoor Expo Planning Guide”, a collaborative effort between the Weatherby Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and WGFD.  This guide was a practical handbook for states desiring to produce an Outdoor Expo.  In 2003 he became the project leader for the Weatherby Foundation’s North American Outdoor Expo Campaign.  This included providing planning assistance to states and managing a national grant program for funding support to states.  As a result, twenty-two states implemented Outdoor Expo education events, reaching 350,000 participants annually. 
Since his retirement from the Department, Dave worked as a private consultant on numerous intensive wildlife and habitat surveys, habitat evaluations, and designed and implemented wildlife habitat improvement projects for private landowners and the oil and gas industry.  Dave will long be remembered for his tireless efforts with management plans for Pathfinder Ranches, wetland development and designs, habitat inventories and mule deer mitigation work on the Jonah Oil Field, and the Bridger-Teton Forest internship for ecology and forest management.
Dave Lockman was inducted into the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2014. 

Orville “AL” Benton, father of Cole Benton passed away February 5th,2017 at the age of 90. He served in WWII in Japan and the Korean Conflict. For over 65 years Al paid his respect for fellow veterans who have passed by taking part in the Military Honor Guard. He was honored last fall as the Grand Marshall of the Buffalo Veteran’s Day Parade. Al and wife Jenny were huge supporters of the WY-WSF for many years. Al was WY-WSF life member #130. He left behind 8 WY-WSF Life members spanning four generations.

Obituary

WILLIAM “BUTCH” TOWNSEND III
OCT. 1, 1938-AUG.26, 2021
It is with heavy hearts and deep sympathy for the Townsend family that we report of his passing. Butch was RHS Life Member #177. Butch was also a charter member of WSF and served on the board of directors of that organization during the 1990s. A firm believer in promoting youth and the conservation fund, Butch always was the first to raise his hand to provide youth life memberships and to add to our conservation fund.
During our 2021 convention Butch told Gary Butler that he planned to donate every year to the conservation fund because it ensured the foundation would be successful for generations to come. Gary and Jo Butler have donated $1000 in Butch’s memory to the fund and challenge others to do the same. The WY-WSF Board of Directors have matched the Butler contribution with a $1000 pledge as well.
Donations(large or small) should be mailed to: P.O.Box 666, Cody, WY. 82414. Donors may also visit our store page at: Donate  or contact Dean DiJenno at (307)213-0998.

Obituary

Memorials:

Gary Butler family in memory of Butch Townsend
Sara Bridge in memory of Butch Townsend
Bill & Lorrain Rudd
Walter Cook in memory of Ron Lockwood
  Gary Butler in memory of Dave Lockman
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Please make a donation in the name of your loved ones through the link above. Send photos, obituary links and memorial writings to: info@wyomingwildsheep.org so they may be posted on this page. We ask that contributions be for a minimum of $100. All contributors will be furnished with a donation receipt.

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