Joe and Wilma Youmans, Parade Marshals
Fourth-generation rancher Joe Youmans and his wife, Wilma, have seen quite a few changes in the Powderhorn community over the past decades, but their love of raising cattle hasn’t wavered. They still feed cows, raise calves and produce hay.
Ever since Joe could mount a horse, he’s been riding the range and moving cows, As a youngster, that job sometimes kept him in the mountains for weeks at a time, sleeping in tents or in a remote cabin. For entertainment, he’d watch the elk interact with his horses. If he was ever in danger, he “didn’t think about it.”
Joe attended a country school through 8th grade. After that, he boarded out with Gunnison families while he finished his education at Gunnison High School. Later, he served with the U.S. Army before returning to the valley and the family ranch. He married Wilma in 1966.
Besides ranching and raising a family, Joe has served on many boards and committees, including the Gunnison County Stockgrowers Assoc., SFA Conservation Reserve Program and the Bureau of Land Management advisory board. He has been a member of the local Elks Lodge and Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. He enjoys hunting and fishing.
Wilma originally hails from Oklahoma and Texas. As a young wife coming to Powderhorn during the winter for the first time, she wondered “what the heck she was getting into.” Ranching was new to her, but she jumped in with both feet. She helped (and still does) with the haying, calving and anything else that needed to be done. She recalls making lots of meals during those times, sometimes having 15 people around her dinner table.
She is a past member of Cowbells and current member of the Pine Home Club. Her real love these days is gardening and yard work, and she drives her own tractor to get the job done.
Wilma and Joe have a son who ranches east of Gunnison as well as two grandchildren.
Dora Mae Trampe, Parade Marshal
When Dora Mae Trampe (1924 – 2017) first came to the Gunnison Valley, she was already an advocate for the agricultural lifestyle. She had grown up on a farm outside Westcliff, Colo, and had come to Gunnison to attend college. After she married rancher Sheldon Trampe in 1945, she instead devoted herself to raising a family and running the operation.
Dora Mae fell in love with ranching and, with the help of her children, kept the business together after her husband passed away. She worked cattle by horseback, cooked for haying and branding crews, stayed involved with her children’s 4-H activities and committed herself to the Gunnison community. Her shrewd business-savvy nature proved essential in successfully running the ranch.
Through the years, she served on the Gunnison County Planning Commission and the Colorado State Planning Commission as well as on the board of directors for First National Bank. Dora Mae was also an active member of the Rebecca Hall Lodge, Cowbells, Community Church and Garden Club. She traveled the world with her siblings and spent any spare time she had fishing, sewing and doing needlework. She was well known for her meringue pies.
She taught her family the value of hard work and commitment. Once her children started a project, she made sure they finished it, stressing that they “do it right or not do it at all.” If her children became frustrated, Dora Mae reminded them that “patience is the lesson of life.”
Keeping the land in agriculture became a lifelong passion, another legacy left to her family. Today, the Trampe Ranch is under permanent preservation.
Dora Mae’s children, grandchildren and family members will miss this woman’s vibrant zest for agriculture, the outdoors and education. She will also be missed by her many friends and the Gunnison Valley community.