Alizardo Lee "Sonny" Martinez Dec 4, 1943 - May 7, 2022
“Sonny” was born in Cimarron New Mexico to Leandro Lee and Easter Duran Martinez. The family, consisting of brother- Frank, Sisters- Maryann, Jeanne, Priscilla & Betty, moved from New Mexico to Wyoming in 1955.
Sonny went to school in Hot Springs county, Thermopolis Wy, focusing on ranching and rodeoing, earning a degree in COWBOYING.
On Jan 1, 1964 he married his soul mate Carole Christine Schaff, where they raised two sons Reid and Griff.
Through his years he managed many ranches all the while building his own herd of cattle.
Lee rodeoed in events across Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and Nebraska regions, winning multiple rodeo titles in Bareback, Bull Riding and Team Roping events. He won his first belt buckle at the age of 14 in Bareback Riding in Meeteetsee Wy.
Lee never knew a stranger and always was the first to welcome someone into his family, which was his passion along with horses and cows. He lived them with full Heart and Passion everyday.
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