Floyd Traynor, 1944-2017


We were sad to learn of the death of poet Floyd Traynor, 72,  on August 12, 2017.

A Facebook remembrance page notes that Floyd had servered as a County Mapper, Flood Plain Manager, and Rural Addressing Co-ordinator at New Mexico’s Grant County Courthouse. There are many tributes at the Facebook page.

His 2015 bio at CowboyPoetry.com tells:

Floyd was raised on a ranch at Mule Creek, New Mexico. Four generations of his family have cowboyed on the Arizona-New Mexico border. He learned his skills from old-time hands and vaqueros. A graduate of NMSU, he has built fence, pulled wells, and hauled feed on ranches from the Mexican border to the panhandle of Texas. He has been writing poetry since he was seven years old.

An employee of Grant County, New Mexico for 14 years, Floyd sold his saddle and retired to Turkey, Texas in January of 2015 with his partner, Radna Proctor. He admits his saddle had gathered a lot of dust. Writing poetry and songs has helped fill some lonely hours along the trail of life.

Floyd is past chairman of the New Mexico Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in Silver City, and has recited in several gatherings in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. He believes it is important to keep our western heritage intact for future generations

Find a poem by Floyd Traynor at CowboyPoetry.com.