The Lariat Lynn Larner Memorial scholarship will benefit rodeo athletes. Here’s how to contribute.


Lariat Larner

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


The community is still reeling from the sudden passing of 24-year-old Lariat Larner whose bright smile could light up the big Texas sky.


Lariat passed away Oct. 13 in a car accident in Stillwater, OK.


A fierce rodeo competitor, Lariat competed on the rodeo teams at South Plains College, Tarleton State University and Oklahoma State University, where she was serving as the assistant rodeo coach and pursuing a master’s degree. She was set to graduate in May 2022.


Lariat grew up in Erath County and graduated from Stephenville High School in 2016.


Her hometown has been profoundly affected by her passing.


Hundreds of mourners turned out for Lariat’s services this week at the Cowboy Church of Erath County and now a memorial scholarship will keep her memory alive while supporting fellow athletes competing in the sport she loved so much.


Lariat’s aunt Lana Dill told Beneath the Surface News that the family is coping as well as can be expected and are comforted by the overwhelming love and support they have received.


She said Lariat’s parents, Marty and Jodi Larner, have started the memorial scholarship in their daughter’s name and donations can be made at First Financial Bank.


“A few of the specifics are still being worked out, but it will benefit a rodeo athlete,” Lana said.


Lariat was top notch in the world of college rodeo where she had made a name for herself in tying goats and roping.


“She was on top of the world,” Lana said. “This has been devastating.”