Roberta Jean Barbouletos, born February 2, 1933, died on Saturday April 6, 2013, at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston, Ore., at the age of 80. Jean was one of 5 children born to Henry and Jennie Lazinka of Ukiah, Ore. She graduated from Pendleton High School in 1950, and attended Oregon State University. In addition to her cutting horse business, she worked many years as a legal secretary in Pendleton and Klamath Falls, Ore. Jean is preceded in death by Bill Barbouletos, her husband for 42 years.
Having grown up on the family ranch homestead near Ukiah, Ore., Jean was a very skilled and accomplished horsewoman. She enjoyed Mustangers Riding Club and was a member of the Flag Race Relay Team that competed at the Pendleton Round-Up and Heppner Rodeo. In 1951 she was a princess on the Pendleton Round-Up court. Jean joined the Salem Cutting Club while attending college. Her love of horses and cattle became her life passion, and later her profession when she got involved with Cow Cutting. She was respected throughout the cutting horse world as an accomplished competitor, trainer and judge. She was inducted into the Northwest Cutting Horse Hall of Fame in 1999. Jean was recognized by the Oregon High School Rodeo Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her 30-plus years of involvement and dedication.
Jean was associated with the Farm-City Pro Rodeo since its inception. She was a constant presence working behind the scenes to ensure a successful show. Bill and Jean worked tirelessly to help build the Farm-City Pro Rodeo into the highly respected event it is today. A volunteerism award is presented each year in honor of their efforts.
Jeans familys heritage comes from strong stock. Although she was a no-nonsense person, her quick wit was always present. Her childhood was filled with ranching duties on horseback by the side of her grandfather, Henry Lazinka Sr., and father Henry. Henry Sr. left Poland at the age of sixteen on a life adventure. He sailed around the horn of South America en route to establishing a working cattle ranch in the mountains near Ukiah. She was taught a disciplined work ethic that required ambition, integrity and honesty. Like the Code of the West states, she was tough but fair.
Jean is survived by sisters Kathryn Healy Thorne, Judy Currin and Mary Lou ORourke, brother Robert Lazinka, many nieces and nephews, and stepsons Tom, Tim and Todd Barbouletos.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, April 12, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Pleasant View Cemetery, 77811 South Edwards Road, in Stanfield, Ore. Everyone is encouraged to attend a reception immediately following the service at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Hwy. 395, Hermiston, Ore. Food will be provided.
A memorial fund has been established to benefit the Oregon High School Rodeo Scholarship Fund. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Jean Barbouletos Memorial Fund. Donations can be sent to Banner Bank, P.O. Box 1170, Hermiston, OR 87838.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of funeral arrangements. Please visit www.burnsmortuaryhermiston.com for online remembrances.