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Born: 27 April 1934, Indiana         Henry #:


Died:  22 February 2003 at age 69.   Resided:San Diego Co. CA


Woods A. "Toby" Caperton III enjoyed the mountains, streams, woods and sport of cutting far more than his business success as a partner in San Diego's oldest sporting goods store and a commercial real estate developer. Toby's passing on February 22, 2003 marks a dark day for the Montana Cutting Horse Association and it's members who will always remember him as an avid supporter and an integral figure in the success of the Sweet Grass County Cuttings that he inspired in the early 80's. The sport of cutting in Montana holds a special place for the man who dedicated over 20 years to making the cutting competitions a premier event in Montana and the Big Timber area.


Born in Indiana on April 27, 1934 and brought to San Diego, California as a child, he began learning about the wilderness at his family's cabin in the Corte Madera ranch near Pine Valley. That early interest helped transform him into an expert hunter and fisherman and dedicated conservationist who would eventually be named chairman of the San Diego Ducks Unlimited organization.


Toby attended the Webb School in Pomona and graduated from Stanford University in 1956. After several years developing local commercial real estate projects, he and several friends purchased and expanded the Stanley Andrews Sporting Goods store, which had begun operations in San Diego in 1905.


In 1971 Toby became part owner of the Buffalo Jump ranch north of Big Timber, which was located on one of the finest trout streams in America. For more than 20 years he lived at the ranch and spent several winters fishing on the Sea of Cortez in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California. Toby and his wife Diane were also avid cutters and they entertained many a cutter in their motorhome as they traveled the Montana Cutting Horse circuit to shows. No one ever passed their door without an invitation for refreshments or friendly conversation. Toby and his wonderful horse "Junior" will long be remembered as an awesome team. Toby not only cut but helped all those who participated and spent long hours in the cutting pen on "Rerun" his turnback horse.


Toby is survived by his wife, Diane of 47 years; daughters, Susan Williams of Willits, California and Leslie Caperton of Colorado Springs, Colorado; grandaughters Elizabeth and Heather Williams; and brother, David Caperton of Indianapolis, Indiana.


You can send your condolences to Diane who resides at P.O. Box 2538, Borrego Springs, CA 92004. I'm sure she would love to hear from former fellow cutters and friends.


Source: Montanacha.com