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Shadow Mountain Mortuary

2350 East Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ

OBITUARY

Lyman H. Rollins

November 19, 1920October 26, 2012

Lyman H. Rollins, 92, returned to be with his "beautiful lady" on October 26, 2012. Lyman was born January 19, 1920 in Cumberland, Wyoming, and grew up as a child in the Bridger Valley area of that state, learning how to be a hard-working cowboy at an early age. He married Lois Mae Bradshaw in the Salt Lake City, Utah, LDS Temple on September 25, 1940. They settled in Salt Lake, and he worked in the family’s glass shop, while moonlighting at a horse ranch breaking yearlings. He served in the Navy during World War II.

After the war, Lyman and his father sold the glass shop and began training thoroughbred race horses full time, a career that consumed the rest of their lives. Lyman finally retired last year at the age of 91. His career took him to most of the race tracks in the west, and some in the east. He trained horses that set track and world records, served faithfully on the board of the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and received many local and state honors, include being inducted into the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame, and receiving a lifetime achievement award from the State of Arizona Racing Commission.

Although Lyman loved and excelled in his career, his first love was his wife and his posterity. Lyman is survived by his children, sons Brent Rollins (Francie) of Cave Creek, AZ, and Val Rollins (Joyce) of Layton, UT, and daughters Nancy Rollins and Stormie Menniti (Bill), and daughter-in-law, Sharon (Bradley) Rollins, all of Phoenix, as well as 27 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren (with more on the way!). He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister, son (Bradley), and daughter (Roxanne), and friends and relatives too numerous to mention. He was loved by myriads of people from all walks of life, and will be deeply missed. Happy trails, Dad!

Visitation for Lyman Rollins will be held Friday November 2, 2012 from 6-8 pm at Shadow Mountain Mortuary, 2350 E. Greenway Rd, Phoenix, AZ, and also just prior to the funeral from 9-10 am on Saturday November 3, 2012 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Phoenix North Stake building, 2939 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ. The funeral service will follow the visitation at 10:15 am. Burial will be at Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6450 W. Northern, Glendale, AZ.

If you prefer, you may make donations to After the Home Stretch, a retired race horse rescue organization, in lieu of flowers. See their website at http://afterthehomestretchaz.org/ You may also share your memories or express your condolences by signing the Guest Book on this webpage.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 2, 2012
  • Visitation prior to funeral service Saturday, November 3, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 3, 2012
  • Interment Saturday, November 3, 2012

Memories

Lyman H. Rollins

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Vikki Kyle

November 11, 2012

Lyman we will miss you. I am very blessed to have known you. I am so glad you got to come to my place to see my horses. You were a very nice person. May you rest in peace . Skip and Vikki Kyle

Shay Casati

November 6, 2012

Blessings Lyman, may you and your beloved wife find peace and God's blessings together.

Colleen Hunsaker

November 4, 2012

Sharon,Brent,Val,Nancy and Stormi,all the grand kids along with in laws and of course your parents, Bradley and Roxanne that have gone on before. I love you all, we always had special times in this business, in church and our personal lives. What a blessing it has been we were fortunate to have met all those many years ago and the fun racing years in between.. Sorry I cannot make the services, but will be thinking of you often as is always true with me. I am so thankful our lives crossed paths almost 54 years ago.
Dude and Colleen Hunsaker, Norco, CA

Sharon Domeier

November 2, 2012

My condolences to the Rollin's family on the loss of a dear, special man that was a great tribute to the horse racing industry.

BECKY (DANIELS ) BRANNON

November 2, 2012

I THINK MY LOVE OF HORSES CAME FROM LIVING NEXT DOOR TO LYMAN AND LOIS. I WOULD BE OUTSIDE STARING AND WATCHING ALL THE HORSES LYMAN ALWAYS HAD IN HIS PASTURES. WHAT MAGNICIFENT ANIMALS THEY ARE. I ALWAYS SAY LYMAN GOT ME MY FIRST HORSE AND I HAVE BEEN BLESSED TO HAVE THAT JOY IN MY LIFE STILL TODAY. I AM SORRY I CANNOT ATTEND BECAUSE OF WORK, IT WOULD OF BEEN WONDERFUL TO SEE ALL OF THE ROLLIN'S CLAN. HAPPY TRAILS TO LYMAN !

Tamra (Thomson) Wilson

November 2, 2012

Sending my love and sympathy. Bro Rollins lived his life in a manner which has and always will be held as an example for me in my life. What an amazing man! His was a life to be celebrated!

Derrie Hoffert

November 2, 2012

I Only knew of Bro Rollins through the horses he trained and the trainers he trained. He was a Credit to many in his proffession. Rest Well Lyman. Many in this life will sorely miss you. Love and Blessings in this time of sorrow to all who loved him especially his kin.

Kay (Daniels) Stout

October 31, 2012

I am so sorry that I will not be in attendance to express my condolences to all of the family. Many of my childhood memories include Lyman, as well as the entire Rollins family. The rememberances are of the simpler days, impromptu events, and growing up with the love and fellowship of great neighbors that I considered part of my family. These were happy times and always bring a smile to my face. Sending my love to all of you. Hugs !! Kay

Ed & Jinx Amdor

October 31, 2012

I first met Lyman in Omaha at the Aksarben race track years ago. We developed a great friendship and had a lot of common likes and dislikes. Lois was one of my favorite ladies. They set a great example for all.
See you at the finish line!!!!

Nikki Walker

October 31, 2012

Sending my love to all of my dear cousins!! We love you and have such wonderful thoughts and memories of Uncle Lyman! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!

FROM THE FAMILY