James William ‘Bud’ Cashbaugh
James William “Bud” Cashbaugh was an avid reader, with a sharp, analytical mind that held a deep interest in learning more about the people around him. Bud had two passions in life, his ranch and his family. Bud passed away Nov. 29, 2013, at age 92.
Bud’s story began on Aug. 24, 1921, near Buckley Pond on his family’s ranch. As the son of Jim and Gladys Cashbaugh, and grandson of pioneer Augustus Anthony Cashbaugh, who settled in the Owens Valley in 1865, Bud’s love for his home began at a young age.
After graduating from Bishop Union High School in 1940, Bud followed in his father’s footsteps and attended University of Nevada, Reno. He was drafted during World War II and served in Anchorage, Alaska.
After the war he returned home to his family’s cattle and hay ranches in Inyo and Mono counties, to work alongside his dad, Uncle Gus, and cousin Bob. When Bud managed to find a woman as stubborn as him, he decided he better marry her, so on Nov. 18, 1950, he married Dorothy Amon, a Laws native.
They began married life on the family hay ranch in Hammil Valley and after they moved to Bishop they were blessed with a daughter, Alonna, and a son, James.
Throughout his life Bud was involved in local and state agricultural organizations. Bud continued to work on the cattle ranch until the end alongside Dorothy, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bud’s passion for his way of life, and his love is remembered by his family.
He is survived by wife of 63 years, Dorothy Cashbaugh; son, Jim Cashbaugh; daughter and son-in-law, Alonna and Gary Giacomini; grandchildren, Maria Giacomini Kemp and husband Matt, Cristina Giacomini Hughes and husband Shade, and Joe Giacomini; and his three great-grandchildren, Will, Ben and Kate Kemp. He is also survived by nieces and nephews that spent a lot of time with “Uncle Bud,” Cyndia and Tim Gallagher, West, Bill, Yvonne, Al, Jon and Linda Katzenstein and George Chaffey.
To honor Bud’s wishes there will not be a service. His ashes will be buried at West Line Cemetery in the Cashbaugh family plot.
Donations in his memory may be made to Bishop United Methodist Church Social Services, the Laws Museum, or a charity of choice in his name.