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Updated Jun 21, 2013 - 8:16 am

Cowboy artist Bill Owen dies in northwest Arizona

Cowboy artist Bill Owen (Facebook Photo)

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

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

They said Owen, who was known as Bill, was in Peach Springs on Saturday while cowboys were conducting ranching activities at Camp 16 off of Indian Route 18.

Owen had been at Camp 16 since June 14 to take pictures of ranch hands while they conducted their day-to-day activities and incorporate the images into his artwork.

Ranch hands told sheriff's investigators that Owen was disassembling a portable tepee when he collapsed.

Several ranch hands administered CPR until medical personnel from Peach Springs arrived, but he 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.

Funeral arrangements for Bill Owen:
Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 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

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