Bob Lucas was born into a ranching family in Jackson in 1952. Both sets of grandparents (the Lucases and the Imesons) were among the early settlers into Jackson Hole, one family arriving in the valley in 1889 and the other in 1896. These early settlers were the generation that grubbed sagebrush off Jackson Hole’s broad valleys and trenched irrigation ditches with shovels and horse drawn equipment, making productive hay and pastureland. Bob’s parents, Rod Lucas and Joyce Imeson Lucas, continued the ranching tradition. Bob grew up helping his family with calving in the spring, branding, operating hay equipment, trailing cattle to summer pasture forty miles up the Gros Ventre River, rounding them up in the fall and shipping the calves to market, and feeding with a two- or four-horse team and sleigh in the winter. Bob has continued ranching with his wife Kate and daughter Abby, a fifth generation Jackson rancher. In 2006, the Lucas and Imeson families were recognized by the State of Wyoming with Centennial Ranch awards.