Pete Angell, the grandfather of one of CPI's most talented musicians, Colt Angell, has left this troubled
world and rode across the Great Divide. This hard working and gentle man will be missed by so many
that it will be difficult to find a parking place to attend his service at Bidwell's Funeral Home, next to
Broulim's grocery in St. Anthony at 9:00 AM Monday, November 19th.
Meeting him and his deceased wife, Norma, was one of the most life changing experiences I can
remember. I'd just discovered that the world of cowboy poetry and music had its own representatives
close to home in the form of Cowboy Poets of Idaho, who held gatherings throughout the state. That old
white bull, “Snowville”, had got me invited to the Elko Gathering in 1991 and it was there that I met
Colen Sweeten, who signed me up and told me to get to the St. Anthony Gathering that April. My singing
partner at the time, and dear friend, Cheryl Mueller, and I felt like fish out of water as we walked into the
Roxy Theater where it had all began six or seven years before that. We signed up for an open session
and sang to a sparse but appreciative daytime audience. As we left the Roxy to find a place to eat, Colt,
with his grandparents, Pete and Norma met us on the sidewalk, introduced themselves, and asked if
we'd like to entertain the upcoming Fremont County Wagon Train excursion in Island Park that summer.
We gratefully accepted, and began a friendship that, through the years, blossomed into one of the most
treasured relationships of my life.
Colt was just a button then, whose size belied his abilities, both as a seasoned cowboy and a musician.
Through Pete's loving generosity and patience, coupled with Norma's encouragement, he'd already
learned to ride anything with hair on it, operate every piece of farm equipment he could see through the
steering wheel of, and play every instrument he had access to.
Over the years, Becky, Cheryl and I spent many fun filled evenings at Pete's place, playing with Colt
and listening to Pete and Norma's amazing stories of a lifetime of ranching, logging and hunting in the
shadow of the Tetons.
Cheryl Mueller eventually became Cheryl Angell, the wife of Colt's dad, Mike. Although Pete had no
interest in being on stage, in and around St. Anthony he was well known as a cafe and campfire
entertainer. His droll, Vern Woodbury style, catch-you-off-guard sense of humor brought belly laughs to
everybody who had the pleasure of knowing him. No matter what the subject, Pete always had a
comment that showed his unique perspective, often laced with humor that left it permanently etched in
The Angell Family, men and women alike, are well known in the toe of Idaho's boot for their
fearlessness, toughness and generosity. I only knew Pete for a couple of decades, but I never left his
presence without a feeling of warmth that enriched my spirit. To me, and I'm certain many others, Pete
Angell exemplified all that is good and admirable of the Idaho Cowboy.
/-Snake River Wayne Nelson, November 18th, 2012.