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Ralph (Bud) and Maxine Tippetts’ ranch included the 1909 homesteads claimed by Marlene’s great-grandfather and her great-great-grandmother. Lynn says his father-in-law was a conservative, traditional kind of rancher, and whether he knew it or not, Bud Tippetts was a valued mentor. “I learned a lot about ranching from Bud. The smartest thing I ever did was pay attention to him and four or fi ve other men of his generation – all Sandhillers that ranched in this area,” Lynn recalls. Still, Lynn, Marlene and Maxine were not prepared when Bud Tippets died at a relatively young age Lynn and Marlene Myers are fl anked (on left) by Phil and Carissa Munn with children Wyatt and Adee, and (on right) by Creston and Terri Myers with sons Braden and Garrett. – younger than Lynn is now. “For those fi rst several years after Marlene and I were here on the ranch, her dad had made all management decisions. Big or small, he made every decision, right up until he died,” says Lynn, explaining how the management responsibility fell suddenly to Tippetts’ survivors. “We got through it, but it wasn’t a COURTESY CARISSA MUNN Lynn practicing his banjo. Over the last couple of years, Lynn has been asked to talk about ranch succession and share his family’s experience at cattlemen’s meetings. A few meetings have been followed by jam sessions with other pickers. TROY SMITH “If you don’t have a plan…” 70 I WORKING RANCH I MARCH 2018


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