Recognition for former Park High athlete Boucher is warranted

Thursday, January 2, 2020


Recently the Billings Gazette has included an article in serial form over several weeks naming the “best” athlete from Montana communities from A to Z. My famous classmate, world-class sprinter Larry Questad, was the entry for Livingston — no doubt the best sprinter from Livingston. Earlier this week through a chance meeting at a barber shop in Laurel, I was introduced to 88-year-old Clarence (“CR”) Boucher, Park High School alum (class of 1950), who arguably could have been selected as a “best ever” athlete from Livingston. 

During his high school years Boucher was a key player on the 1947 Montana Class A football championship team and was named to several All-Conference and All-State football and basketball teams. He also played football for the 1950 Montana State College team prior to joining the Army. Thereafter, he became a rodeo star (including winner of the world bulldogging championship in 1964) and has been inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame as well as several state Cowboy or Rodeo Halls of Fame. 

I suggest some form of recognition in the Livingston community is warranted for “CR.”

Francis Ricci