Mary Lynne Richie Latham
Aug. 28, 1959 – June 5, 2020
Mary Lynne Richie Latham, 60, of Clearmont passed away June 5, 2020, at the Richie Ranch in Boulder. Her celebration of life will be held at the place she loved and called home – The Richie Ranch with the ones she loved and called family.
Lynne Richie Latham was born on Aug. 28, 1959, in Sterling, Colorado, to Jep and Barbra Richie. She completed her primary schooling in Pinedale and graduated in 1977. She participated on the cross-country ski team, but her real joy was found in participating in FFA. She showed dairy cows for many years at county and state fairs and participated on the livestock judging teams. From there she went to the University of Wyoming to follow her dreams of becoming an agricultural educator. During her first year of college she served as state officer for Wyoming State FFA. She completed her student teaching at Sheridan High School under Mr. Jim Bond and started her first year of teaching at Arvada-Clearmont High School after she graduated. Lynne was proud to be a pioneer as one of the first women ag teachers in the state. She taught a few years then attended graduate school at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, receiving her master’s degree in science of agricultural education. Lynne resumed the position of agriculture and shop teacher in Clearmont teaching generations of students.
On Dec. 17, 1982, Lynne married Mike Latham of Clearmont in a spur-of-the-moment wedding at the Buffalo Courthouse. They welcomed their first child, Mitchell Vaughn, on Feb. 19, 1987, then their second child, Ivy Ellen, on Dec. 31, 1989. They kept Mike and her busy with sports, 4-H, FFA and other activities for the next 18 years. In the most resent years their two grandsons came into their lives and produced more love and joy.
Lynne dedicated her heart and soul teaching and advising the Clear Creek FFA Chapter in Clearmont for 34 years. She was honored to be the recipient of the Wyoming Champion Ag Teacher in 2017. Lynne was a master craftswoman in the shop, creating amazing works of metal and she passed her talents down to her students. She would do anything for her students and treated them like her own kids. Her students thought the world of her, even the ones that got a butt chewing every now and again. In 2018 she passed down her legacy and retired but continued to show love and compassion to everyone she crossed paths with. During retirement she returned to Boulder to help on the Richie Ranch and filled her time with visits to her children and grandchildren.
Lynne touched many lives. She believed in hard work and being a good person, and she instilled that integrity into her students and many others. “Do it right the first time, then you don’t have to do it again.” She had many Lynne-isms that she preached to anyone willing to listen. Lynne was known for many things, but her compassion for the people in her life came through at every moment. She was always there to listen and to give good and solid advice, as well roll up her sleeves and help with any challenge.
Her beautiful life was shared with her husband, Mike, for 37 years; two children, Mitchell (Raylynne) Latham and his son Blaine of Billings, Montana, and stepson Liam Stern; Ivy Pazour (Jason) of Frankfort, South Dakota, and their son Chase; her sister, Carol (Terry) Richie of Boulder and her daughter Taylor Leingang (Brandon) of Bismark North Dakota; her brother, Eb Richie of Boulder and his children Jep, Devon, Trista, Cinch; her father, Jep Riche of Boulder; her mother-in-law, Dixie Campbell of Sheridan; and her sister-in-law, Susan (Pete) Flynn of Sheridan and her daughter Anna.
Lynne was preceded in death by her mother Barbra Richie; nephew Garrett Bardin; sister-in-law Nella and her daughter Kara.
A memorial scholarship in Lynne’s name will be established and given annually to a student going into agriculture, welding or machining field. Lynne’s family suggests that memorials be directed to the Lynne Latham Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 125 Clearmont, WY 82835.