Bud Sommers

1915 - 2000
Pinedale

Bud Sommers

Albert Pomeroy “Bud” Sommers was the third of four children born to Albert Pomeroy (Prof) Sommers and May McAlister Sommers. Bud’s true interest in life was ranching. At the age of eight, he was driving four head of horses abreast in front of a fresno, building ditches. At the age of thirteen, Bud’s father died, leaving his mother and four children to care for the ranch. She kept the ranch and continued to teach, and Bud pursued his education both in school and on the ranch. Much of his ranch education was at the hands of neighbor Alex Price, whom he respected and cared for a great deal. Bud spent five years working for Rex Wardell and the Upper Green River Cattle Association before he went to work full-time on the ranch. Bud worked on the ranch during the Great Depression, which shaped his views about ranching, and about a dollar bill, for the rest of his life. Bud married Verla Maude Richie on September 29, 1945, and they had two children, Jonita Ellen Sommers and Albert Pomeroy Sommers III. Bud served as secretary-treasurer and/or foreman of the Upper Green River Cattle Association for 27 years.