Burel Mulkey

Class of 2019

Born: May 25, 1904 in Clyde Butte County, Idaho

Died: Nov. 20, 1982 Lake Isabella Kern County, California

 

Burel Lloyd Mulkey is the son of Columbus Marion Mulkey and Nellie Margaret

(Reddington) Mulkey.

 

Burel married Marion Janet Silicz, daughter of Alexander George Silicz and Dora Etta (Neill) Silicz on June 26, 1940 in Fallon, Churchill County, Nevada. Burel and Marion have one child together, Myrna Cheryl Mulkey.

 

Burel was born and raised in Idaho. He cowboyed on Idaho ranches in his early years and was foreman for the Wood Livestock Company, in Idaho until 1928. A friend told Burel that rodeoing was a snap so he gave a try. His first try at rodeo in Ogden, Utah earned him 3rd place in bronc riding. By 1937 Burel was "World Champion Bronc Rider" a title he won in 1938 as well. In 1938 he became “World Champion All Around Cowboy" at Madison Square Garden. He rode the professional rodeo circuits for 22 years. He had two nicknames, "Shetland Stud" and was one of the "Gold Dust Twins" the other twin was Burel's best friend Nick Knight.

 

One of the original "Turtles" who signed the petition at the Boston Garden Rodeo in 1936 launching the Cowboys Turtle Association, the forerunner of the professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association, Inc., Burel later served on the board of directors representing the bronc riders.

 

Excerpts taken from "The Mulkeys of America" by Philip Mulkey Hunt, Copyright 1982.

 

Parents:

Columbus Marion Mulkey (1864 - 1937)

Nellie Margaret Reddington Mulkey (1876 - 1961)

 

Wife:

Marion Janet Silicz Mulkey (1917 - 2007)

 

Siblings:

Clarence Marion Mulkey (1897 - 1976)*

Baby Son Mulkey (1898 - 1898)*

Blanche Bertha Mulkey Koppes (1900 - 1974)*

Burel Lloyd Mulkey (1904 - 1982)

Edith Thelma Mulkey Diven (1907 - 1985)*

Maude Grace Mulkey Robbins (1909 - 2000)*

Cora Alma Mulkey Maus (1914 - 1977)*

 

*Calculated relationship

© 2020 by Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame