George Joseph Quarta
George Joseph Quarta
  • December 21, 1931 - September 6, 2017
  • Bullhead City, Arizona

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George J. Quarta Jr. (G ¼) died at his home in Bullhead City,
Arizona on September 6, 2017.
He was born December 21, 1931 in Philadelphia, PA. Later
moving to Hudson, NY where his family resided for decades.
George was a Cowboy at heart. From his early days as a
youngster he dressed in western garb, idolized "Wild" Bill
Elliott, who played in the B Rated western movies that
George saw over and over at the local theatre, and read the
books of saddle bronc rider Will James. While still in high
school, George, affectionately called "Tex" started his rodeo
career - realizing his dream of being a Cowboy. After
graduation in 1952 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and
sent to Korea at the height of the Korean War. Upon his
return home he went to Farrier school learning the
horseshoeing trade which supported his traveling the rodeo
circuit. He was a successful saddle bronc rider earning much
recognition over the years. A photograph of George with his "G 1/4" logo-emblazoned chaps riding a
broncing horse is on permanent display in The National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. His
cowboy boots, chaps and saddle are there as well.
George's musical talent earned him recognition as well. In 1960 he recorded two songs, Get Loose and
Don't Move. He performed in the Hudson area including at the old Community Theatre where
billboards of George lined the walls as the girls excitedly gathered to hear him sing and play his guitar.
In 1961 George and good friend Casey Tibbs moved to California. He met Glen Randall working as a
helper for 8 years on his ranch as he continued on the rodeo circuit and working as a farrier for famous
horses like "Mr. Ed" and "Trigger Jr." In 1962, while at the Randall Ranch he met longtime friend, Jim
George worked on the set of many motion pictures over the years as a wrangler. During his motion
picture days he had the pleasure to meet the original black stallion "Fury" with Bobby Diamond ("Joey")
aboard, Dale Evans' Buckskin Buttermilk, Roy Rogers, John Wayne's Trademark Sorrel, Sunset Carson,
Ken Maynard, TV's Black Beauty, Rex Allen (Koko) the wonder horse, Allan "Rocky" Lane, Charles
Starrett, Richard Farnsworth, James Stewart, Ben Johnson, Jock Mahoney, Micheal Landon, Monte Hale,
and Sam Elliott. Later, as a representative of the American Humane Association, George was responsible
for overseeing the treatment of animals on movie sets. He was also featured on an episode of the game
show "To tell the truth".
George lived his dream of being a real life Cowboy and shared this love with all those he met.
George was predeceased by his father George J. Quarta, Sr., Mother Laura Quarta (Piazza), Brother
Frank, Uncle Frank Piazza, Aunt Mary and Uncle John Libruk. He is survived by his daughter Laurie
Robertson (Tim), cousins Patricia Drahushuk (John), John Libruk (Regina) and Mark Libruk (Renae),
George also leaves behind nieces and nephews, longtime friend Marilyn Roth and a "corral" of friends.
Graveside service will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at or to a
horse rescue of your choice in memory of George Quarta. Please have notification mailed to: In Memory
of George Quarta, PO Box 91, Philmont, NY 12565.Dimond & Sons Silver Bell Chapel, Bullhead City, AZ.