May 11, 1945
Tom White has lived his whole life in the Sandhills of Nebraska. He grew up working on ranches where he trained horses, took care of cattle and worked in the hayfields. He was in his early twenties when he taught himself to team rope. Through endless hours of practice in the arena, he became one of the best headers in the region. He passed the love of the sport on to, not only his children, but to many others. He was always there ready to lend a helping hand to whoever might need it. Tom especially enjoyed working with the kids in the high school rodeo ranks. His children remember many times getting home from a rodeo or roping late on a Sunday night and they would have to get up at the crack of dawn the next morning to do chores. Those that have lived the Western life know that it is not a 9 to 5 job. It is hard work and long hours. That’s what he embraces. His motto has always been, “That you can play, but the work gets done first!” Tom is a hardworking, good honest man. He is a true cowboy. It’s his way of life, the only life he has ever known.
Tom was an NSRA Team Roping Champion Header in 1973, 1976 and 1980; Prairie Circuit Team roping Champion Header in 1978; Grant County Commissioner in 2014 and Teammates Mentor beginning in 2010 and continuing today.