March 4, 1954 ~ July 10, 2013
We are saddened to add cowboy, poet and friend, Leon Flick to the Western Folklife Center Empty Saddles.
Leon Flick was born in Gunnison, Colorado, and grew up on working ranches near Lakeview, Oregon, learning to ride on Chief, an old paint horse that was about 16 hands high. He and his wife Billie worked on ranches near their home in the remote high desert town of Plush, Oregon. Leon started sharing his poetry and stories in 1988 on stage here in Elko, after which he went on to entertain people in 14 Western states and Canada when not out day working. A book of poetry and short stories, "A Cow's Tail for a Compass," was published in 2000 and is still in print.
Leon had been invited to perform for our 30th Gathering, but declined after receiving a diagnoses of a virulent form of leukemia. The Western Folklife Center joins Leon's many friends and fans as our thoughts and prayers go out to Leon's wife Billie, mother Vivian Flick, and family.
Watch a great 7-minute video with Leon and Billie Flick from Oregon Public Broadcasting (2003), with our thanks to cowboypoetry.com for this reference.
Visit Leon's website to read some of his poetry.
Read the obituary in the Lake County Examiner.
Read a eulogy shared from cowboypoetry.com on our Facebook page.