Justin was born to Martha and Loyd (Bud) McKenzie on June 7, 1968. He grew up in Arvada, Wyoming. In High School, Justin met Christy who would become his wife of 31 Years. They had two boys, fraternal twins Tyler and Kaleb.
Justin was a true Cowboy, working for the UM Ranch, running cattle on the mountain outside of Buffalo, Wyoming for 7 seasons. He took care of the herd through the winter, and calving season. It was a traditional ranch, feeding off horse drawn wagon no matter what the weather. Checking calves is a 24/7 job. Justin was also a professional guide on the UM, hunting Deer, Antelope, and Elk. He and Christy lived on the ranch and the boys were born there. They worked together as any ranch couple would, sharing good times and bad. Hard work and fun.
They then moved on to the Canyon Ranch working for Malcom Wallop with an extensive bird farm operation, caring for the birds and the various pens. Helping with the hunting operations and preparing the birds for the clients. There was haying to be done, and irrigation to take care of as well. He came to work for Little Goose Ranch where he helped with a larger haying operation and cattle, both commercial and registered Angus. To put it simply, Justin was an all round hand that could do anything he put his stubborn mind to. Everything from cattle, to equipment, welding, haying and fence. You name it, he was there. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. A straight shooting, honest, hard working man is rare indeed.
A Celebration Of Life will be held on Saturday, April 29,2023 at 10:00 am at Kane Funeral Home with Kitt Laidlaw officiating. A reception will follow at the Big Horn Mountain Eagles, 1760 Commercial Ave. in Sheridan.
Please join us on Zoom about 10 mins prior to service.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.