Chuck Pancost was born to Ira Leo Pancost and Helen Celia (Hogan) Pancost and raised in Boulder Colorado. He was the youngest of 4 children. He married Jeannette in 1956 and together had 4 children Chuck, Dave, Larry, and little sister Tracey. 10 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren. Son Chuck had 2 girls Jessica and Lyndsey Pancost, Dave has 3 children LJ (Kristi) Pancost (Tyler and Kyle Pancost), Jackie (Hank) Bevan (Teagan and Tripp Bevan), Jake Pancost, Larry (Carol) Pancost has 3 girls and 3 boys (Katie (Adam) Strom- berger), Janie (Keith) Shoemaker (Kinlee Shoemaker), Angie (Tyler) Miller (Tres Miller), and Tracey has 2 children JR and Maddie Pancost.
At the young age of 17 Chuck started Boulder Valley Drywall. Chuck eventually sold the Drywall business to his brother Ed to follow his true passion of becoming a rancher. Chuck ranched on the Lowery Bombing ground south of Watkins, Co where Dave, Larry and their families also lived and worked on the ranch. This is where many family members, friends, neighbors came to enjoy all aspects of ranching and riding. The entire family spend time at the ranch, Chuck especially enjoyed having the grandkids out riding and working cows on the ranch. You could always find a large crowd in June for the annual Branding.
Chuck had passion for raising horses. Chuckalways had a horse for you to ride if you showed up without one. He gave all his grandkids a horse when they were ready. Chuck enjoyed going out to the pastures checking his mares and colts.
Chuck started Team Penning with his family in the early 90’s competing around Colorado. His fist teammates were his family, sons Dave and Larry, daughter Tracey and grandkids LJ, Jackie, Jake, and numerous friends from around Colorado. They traveled with Chuck around Colorado competing. Chuck knew they could Team Pen and Sort as it was aspects of the daily ranching life and thought whom better to do this with other than your family that you ride with every day. Chuck and family eventually traveled out of state to Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, and California to compete. Chuck believed we needed to get as many people interested to keep the sport going. Chucks idol Casey Tibbs once said, “This is the fastest growing Equine Sport, it’s catching on like wild fire.” Chuck believed so much in the sport he got a lifetime family membership from every association he belonged too. Chuck put on many Team Pennings locally, he encouraged anyone and everyone to come and try it. He would make sure you had partners if you showed up.
Chuck had a dream of winning a big show with 3 generations on one team. This dream came true when Chuck, son Larry and grandson LJ won the Quarter Circle T match Team Penning in Kremmling, CO. Chuck also won this the next year with LJ and Mark
Hill. Producer and teammate Jodi Hill joked with Chuck that he must have told his boys lets go to that penning we need to make a ranch payment. Chuck was no stranger to anyone in the Team Penning world. You could always spot him on his black and white paint stud horse Commander. Chuck would never root against anyone, but he sure would root for the cattle. Chuck cherished all the friendships he made throughout the years of Team Penning and Sorting and always enjoyed going to the USTPA World Finals.
Chuck moved his ranching operation to Eastern Colorado in the late 2000’s where he enjoyed ranching with his family and raising cattle and horses. Chuck passed away September 20th 2010. Chuck’s son Larry, Carol, Keith, Janie, and Kinlee Shoemaker still operate the ranch and continues to pursue Chuck’s passion of ranching.