Cowboy artist Bill Owen dies during photo shoot

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities in northern Arizona say a well-known cowboy artist has died.

Coconino County Sheriff's officials say 71-year-old John William "Bill" Owen, of Kirkland, died while photographing cowboys.

They say Owen was in Peach Springs on Saturday while cowboys were conducting ranching activities at Camp 16 off of Indian Route 18.

Owen had been there since June 14 to take pictures of ranch hands while they conducted their day-to-day activities. He planned to incorporate the images into his artwork. Ranch hands told sheriff's investigators that Owen was taking apart a portable tee pee when he collapsed.

Several ranch hands administered CPR until medical personnel from Peach Springs arrived, but Owen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Owen's body was transported to the county Medical Examiner's Office in Flagstaff to determine the cause of death. At this point in the investigation detectives do not suspect foul play.

Owen was a Prix de West artist for 23 years and a member of the Cowboy Artists of America.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Saturday, June 29, 2013, 11:00 a.m.
Lifepointe Church
10100 E State Route 69
Prescott Valley, AZ

In lieu of flowers, it is asked that donations be made to the scholarship organization founded by Bill to help young people of the Arizona ranching community further their educations after graduating high school:
The Arizona Cowpuncher's Scholarship Organization, Inc.
c/o George Vensel, Treasurer
PO Box 55
Patagonia, AZ 85624