Edwin “Corky” Burt III died at his Oklahoma ranch on Feb. 25. Corky was one-of-a-kind, an individual to his core and a dedicated rancher. Animal husbandry was second nature to him, and he raised many fine horses and cattle and cared for dozens of abandoned dogs. He was true to himself and died doing what he loved.

He was born to Mary Frances Savage Burt and Oliver Burt in El Paso in 1940. He graduated from El Paso High School and from Colorado State University with a bachelor of science. He farmed in the Upper Valley, near La Union, for 20 years before dedicating his skills to ranching in New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Corky was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Jolie Burt Soukup and Sally Burt Williams. He is survived by his longtime partner, Christina Fishback; his children, Natalie Burt Lahr, and Eric Ledru Burt, his son-in law, Chad Lahr and by his grandchildren Anevay, Levi and Zia Lahr.

Corky’s celebration of life was held at Masonic Cemetery in Las Cruces on March 24 at 11a.m. Instead of flowers, Corky would have hoped that you will befriend a homeless and abandoned animal in his name.