Hall of Fame loses two members


Two past inductees into the Eastern Idaho Horseman Hall of Fame died this year, Elwood G. Wilker, of Grace, and Bill Langley, of Blackfoot.

Wilker, 83, died Feb. 26 in Logan, Utah. He was born Aug. 2, 1933, to Vonda H. and Grover H. Wilker at the Kackley Ranch House in Grace, Idaho.

A founding member of the EIHHOF in 1997, he was later honored with induction. Together with his wife, Arlene, they also served as grand marshals of the Caribou County Fair.

Langley, 81, died April 5 at his Blackfoot home. He was born Dec. 14, 1935, in Great Falls, Mont., to Richard Carlisle Langley and Susan Mittal. An eight-year veteran of the Montana Air National Guard, he started breeding horses at 14 years old and spent many years breaking horses for Montana ranches.

Inducted into the EIHHOF in 2015, Langley moved to Blackfoot in 1960, when he married Dojie Campbell. In Blackfoot, he managed a cattle operation while continuing to raise and train horses throughout eastern Idaho. He spent two years teaching the first Western horsemanship program through the athletic department at Idaho State University, was a charter member of the Idaho Horse Council, judged horse events and taught clinics throughout Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah and with his wife was honored by the American Quarter Horse Association for raising and breeding registered quarter horses for 40 years.