2012-05-10 / Obituaries

Philip ‘Bub’ Alonzo Wright

Philip “Bub” Alonzo Wright was born July 24, 1923. He spent most of his early life on the family cattle ranch in the Oakhurst and Raymond areas where he worked with his dad on the ranch. He was a third generation Madera County resident where his father Lindsay Wright, and grandfather Lon Wright were prominent members of the Oakhurst community.

He served in the US Army and was stationed in Korea as a mechanic during the occupation period. Later Bub attended Cal Poly and then graduated from Fresno State with a degree in animal science. He meet Gay Flanagan at a dance in Fresno, and they married in 1950 and moved to the ranch.

In 1956, he went to work for the University of California at the San Joaquin Experimental Range in O’Neals. Later he worked for the university in Davis and then in Brown’s Valley where he was the herdsman for the field station. In 1969, the family moved back to the Oakhurst ranch where he took over the operation and ran his own cattle. In 2000, he sold his cattle to retire and enjoy his life with his wife. In 2001 he served as the Grand Marshal for the Madera Old Timer’s Day Parade.

He was active in state and local cattleman’s associations and served as the president of the Madera County Cattleman’s Association and was selected “Cattleman of the Year.” He was also instrumental in helping reform mining laws on private property and testified before a US Senate sub-committee.

Bub passed away May 2, after a 10-year fight with Alzheimer’s. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gay. He has a son, Mike Wright of Sonora; daughter, Debra Drenon of Raymond; and a daughter, Linda Maness of Fresno. He had seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held May 7 at 10 a.m. at Oakhill Cemetery in Oakhurst. There will be a celebration of life following the graveside at Raymond Community Church.

Remembrances may be made in his name to the Madera County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 150, Madera, CA 93639.

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