Mar 062013

Joseph Edward Lightfoot, 75, passed away peacefully at his home in Snowflake on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the Ranch House Saloon in Snowflake.
He was born on Oct. 30, 1937, in Tularosa, N.M., and lived most of his life in California.
In his early years after high school, he was a farrier, a calf roper, a bull rider and a race horse trainer in Southern California. Later he worked in construction for 15 years as a plaster tender, and he worked as a farrier on weekends. All of his life he was a cowboy and a horseman.
When he retired, he enjoyed trail riding and fishing.
During his life he made many lasting friendships, and he was loved by many. He was always making people laugh and smile with his stories and jokes, and he was always there to lend a helping hand to those in need.
In 2006, he, his wife, and sons Carl and Dane moved to Snowflake to spend the rest of his retirement years. He always enjoyed visits from his sons’ family and friends who came out to his ranch in Snowflake.
In the summer of 2012, he was diagnosed with untreatable lung cancer. During his last months he was continuously surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Rikki; three sons, Carl of Snowflake, William “Blither” of Nashville, Tenn., and Douglas of Lomita, Calif.; two stepsons, Dane Fields of Snowflake and Brett Fields of Park City, Utah; eight grandchildren, Autumn, Jolene-Lynn, Ruby-Lynn, Josh, Dougie, Chris, Jaiden and Paiten; and three great-grandchildren, Douglas-Ford, Landen and Kylee.
Joseph donated his body to Research for Life and then was cremated.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the American Lung Cancer fund online at or by phone to (202) 785-3355.Joe Lightfoot