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Claremore honors rodeo legend Clem McSpadden

Claremore honors rodeo legend Clem McSpadden (KTUL)

There's a place in Claremore where you can see cowboys ride, rope and run, a place that brings families and friends together.

A good time, an easy time; time to sit back and watch the show.

It's the Will Rogers Rodeo Stampede, and now when you go, you can pay tribute to a legend.

Thursday was the unveiling of a memorial to rodeo announcer legend Clem McSpadden, a man best described by his friend Bill John Baker.

"He was larger than life. He had a heart of gold," said Baker.

For more than half of the Will Rogers Stampede Rodeo's 72-year existence, Clem was the voice.

He was a man loved by many, but his wife, Donna, said the man she knew was the same man everyone else knew.

"What you saw was what you got," said Donna.

Baker was there on Thursday watching not only the unveiling, but Donna's reaction.

"To see that tear roll down her eye, I knew that they'd hit a home run and made her proud, which makes us all proud," said Baker.

Clem is gone, but here he lives on.

People will know his name; they'll see his face.

The man who made Claremore his home.

The man people here call one of rodeo's biggest fans.

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