SIERRA VISTA, AZ - A memorial service for Bob Mayo will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Cowboy Church of Erath County.
Bob was born in Grinnell, Iowa to Charles and Bernice Haynes Mayo. Raised on the family farm as one of five children, the Mayos raised corn, soybeans, hogs and dairy cows.
Bob was accustomed to hard work at an early age, milking cows and feeding hogs before daylight. He attended grade school at rural, one-room Sheridan Township School, then Grinnell High School, where he excelled in wrestling.
Bob was the Iowa State Champion wrestler as a junior at 103 pounds. After high school, Bob attended college at Adams State University on a wrestling scholarship, but his interest soon turned to rodeo.
Bob's older brothers, Don and Paul, were already having success on the rodeo circuit. Bob started rodeos in the RCA in 1964. In 1966, he qualified for the first of six consecutive National Finals Rodeos. In 2011, Bob was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Delores.
He is survived by his wife Eva, her children and grandchildren, brothers Don, Paul and Roger Mayo, as well as his two sons, Beau Mayo and wife, Laura, and Les Mayo and wife, Tammy, and grandchildren Clint, Clayton, Cody, Hunter and Cameron Mayo.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919, www.justincowboycrisisfund.org.