Jim Bob Altizer
Born May 5, 1932 in Del Rio, Texas, Jim Bob Altizer entered both the steer roping and calf roping many times at the West of the Pecos Rodeo. Even though Altizer was well known for his skills in steer roping, he won the world calf roping title in 1959 at the first National Finals Rodeo in Dallas, Texas. Jim Bob was the first man ever to come out of Junior Rodeo competition to win a world title when he claimed the steer roping crown in 1967.
Jim Bob spent the majority of his career ranked in the top 10 in the world in calf roping and went on to serve as steer roping representative for the PRCA. As important as his skills and his achievements as a contestant were, the loyalty and dedication that Altizer gave to Pro Rodeo through the years was equal in stature. He was inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame in 1979 and The Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2004.
Jim Bob Altizer never forgot the start that Junior Rodeo gave him and for years, he conducted free roping schools and clinics for youthful ropers on his ranch near Del Rio, Texas. He died December 12, 1997 in his hometown of Del Rio, Texas.