In Memory
  Montgomery Blackwell Noelke, Jr.
         WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas joins the
  citizens of Mertzon in mourning the loss of Montgomery Blackwell
  "Monte" Noelke, Jr., who died December 6, 2012, at the age of 84; and
         WHEREAS, A rancher and writer known for his droll West
  Texas wit, Mr. Noelke was a classic cowboy poet; for more than
  five decades, his "Shortgrass Country" columns in the San
  Angelo-based Livestock Weekly chronicled life on his Irion
  County ranch and attracted a devoted flock of readers throughout
  the western United States; and
         WHEREAS, A fourth-generation rancher, he was born on June
  17, 1928, in San Angelo; he attended The University of Texas at
  Austin and returned to his childhood home of Mertzon, where he
  settled with his late wife, Margaret, and together they raised
  eight children; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Noelke revered nature and literature equally,
  and friends recall that he was as moved by the birth of a new calf
  as by the recital of an Irish poem; he spearheaded an expansion of
  the Mertzon Library, and, as president of the Mertzon School
  Board, he regularly invited visiting poets to expand the horizons
  of young writers in the area; and
         WHEREAS, His own horizons were broadened by travel, which
  Mr. Noelke enjoyed sharing with his companion of the past 23
  years, the poet cowgirl Cheryl Clayton; the couple posted letters
  home to Texas from places as far-flung as Africa, Indonesia, and
  the Galapagos Islands; and
         WHEREAS, Roundly admired by his community, Mr. Noelke was a
  regional character, fond of wearing bow ties and delivering
  home-cooked gourmet meals to people in need; his friends recall
  that he once received a horse in lieu of payment for his
  writing; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Noelke was both a world traveler and a folksy
  iconoclast; he was a community servant, a family man, and a
  Texas-size character who will be profoundly missed; now, therefore,
  be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 83rd
  Legislature, hereby extend sincere condolences to the bereaved
  family of Montgomery Blackwell Noelke, Jr.; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  the members of his family as an expression of deepest sympathy
  from the Texas Senate, and that when the Senate adjourns this
  day, it do so in memory of Monte Noelke.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on January 23, 2013, by
    a rising vote.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate