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Welcome to the ACGA Board of Directors, Bill Conway! He has provided his bio and some family history below so that you may get to know him more. Thanks for serving!
I was born in Globe, Arizona in 1949. My father and mother are E.C. & Frances Conway. I grew up on the ranch, Greenback Valley Ranch and lived with my granddad and grandma, Ed & Jane Grantham Conway, who were a pioneer ranching family. My grandfather was born at the ranch which was homesteaded by his grandfather in 1872. Legend has it that when he rode into the valley the first time he caught a rattlesnake and pulled his fangs out and put him on his shoulder and rode into the Apache camp. The Indians thought him as a medicine man because the snake couldn't hurt him so he lived peacefully among them. He returned to Tempe to get his family and drove a herd of hogs over Reno Pass to the ranch. One of his daughters married E.C. Conway who started raising cattle there. He bought the grazing from Roy Tucker (father of LeRoy Tucker).
I started ranching as a partner with my dad in 1976. I went to school in Globe through my freshman year and graduated from Payson High School in 1967. I attended Mesa Community College and Yavapai College where I was on the rodeo team and qualified for the College National Finals in 1971. I rode bulls professionally for 9 years until I got too old, too fat and too scared! I married Penny Simon in 1979 and we had two children, Katy and Kyle. Penny was a top professional and college champion competing for CAC and ASU. She won the WPRA World Championship in 2001 in Team Roping. Both of our children went to jr. and high school rodeos and won many awards in the AJRA. Katy is married to Justin Taylor and they have 3 children, Makiah, Mayzee and Kelton. Kyle is married to Sarah Shober and they have 2 children, Kayson and Charis.
Our ranch is a cow calf operation in the Sierra Ancha Mountains 14 miles east of Tonto Basin. We raise mostly black and black baldy cattle. In 2001 we were forced to remove all cattle by the Forest Service so I have been restocking it since then. I became much more active in the Gila County Cattle Growers then and have worked toward creating a better relationship between the Forest Service and the ranchers. I became president in 2014 following in the footsteps of my grandfather, father and brother (Eddie Conway), who have all been president in the past. Times have changed in the years but I hope to keep ranching in my family for many more years. My grandbabies are the 7th generation on the Greenback Valley Ranch and my hope is when I am gone Greenback Valley Ranch will still be going strong with one of them becoming President of the Gila County Cattle Growers.
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