Bill Parman of Nara Visa was named as this year’s recipient of the Buck Ramsey Heritage Award at the annual Nara Visa Gathering on Sept. 24-26. Each year an individual, family or ranch that exemplifies the “Spirit of the West” is chosen to receive the award.
Parman was born in 1916 and raised on the family’s homestead which is about 12 miles south of Amistad and 20 miles northwest of Nara Visa. Parman is the fourth of ten children born to Hugh and Leora Parman and is the third generation to live on the homestead.
He joined the Army in 1944 and later went on to serve in Korea.
After his return to the homestead, he married Rena Lous Ricketson. They will celebrate their 53rd anniversary this year and have three children.
As a young farmer/rancher, Parman worked with his father. He also broke horses for himself and his neighbors for most of his adult life.
Parman also drove the school bus route to Amistad for 17 years. During that time he also served on the Amistad school board.
Each year when branding time comes, it becomes a family roundup. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren gather at the family homestead to ride horses and work cattle and celebrate the family heritage.