Henry Claiborne Lockett III, beloved friend, father and brother, died suddenly on Monday, July 24, 2017 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was 74.
Lockett was born on December 26, 1942 in Tucson, Arizona. The son of Henry “Clay” Claiborne Lockett ll and Florence Dunn Lockett, he was a third generation Arizonan. Together with older sisters Beverly and Kathryn, he grew up surrounded by love and laughter. He developed his love of the American West, as well as his kindness and sense of humor, while living with his tight-knit family in Tucson and Flagstaff. He graduated from the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California and from the Business Administration program at Northern Arizona University.
In words Everett Ruess used several years earlier when writing about his father Clay, Henry Lockett was best described as “widely experienced, and a magnificent humorist”. He was, at various times in his richly lived life, an enduro motorcyle competitor, a cowboy, a champion trap and skeet shooter, an officiator of weddings, and an actor in Western movies and TV. He first opened a motorcyle shop in Massachusetts, then later, operated a logging company on the Mogollon Rim and sold real estate in Sedona.
In 1996, with his friend Linda Stedman, Lockett co-founded the Dry Creek Arts Fellowship (“DCAF”), providing a base of support for the preservation and development of Western American art. DCAF provides multiple public programs that honor the cultural heritage of the American West, and is best known for presenting “Trappings of the American West”. A juried contemporary fine art exhibition complemented by a festival of popular, social and scholarly programs, Trappings has achieved national recognition and become a signature destination event for Flagstaff.
Throughout his life, Lockett created deep friendships and left a legacy of memories. In the words of his children, “he loved motorcycles, and pretty much anything with wheels”. His daughter, Heather, fondly recalls the thrill of riding on the back of his motorcycle on frozen lakes and steep sand pits. He planted the same passion in his sons, Christopher and Geoffrey, by taking them to motorcycle and NASCAR races. The boys loved spending time with their dad while camping and taking fishing trips to Lees Ferry. His sisters recall him as the best traveling companion in the world. His dear friend Ted Kimzey, who was with him on the night he died, said, “we loved each other like the brothers neither of us had growing up."
Lockett is survived by daughter, Heather Shaw Lockett; with grandchildren Adam and Julia Campitelli; son, Christopher Agassiz Lockett, with Tracey Dunbar and Annabelle Ropp; son, Geoffrey Claiborne Lockett, with wife Andrea and grandchildren, Isabella Lockett and Maxwell Claiborne Lockett; sisters, Beverly Lockett Miller, with husband Duane Miller (deceased) and Kathryn Lockett Hard, with husband, Michael Hard. He was the beloved Uncle Henry to seven nieces and nephews (Kathy, Susan, Leslie, Ben, Mike, Chris and Jennifer) and numerous grand-nieces & nephews. Countless people, living in Arizona and around the world, called him friend. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends of Henry Lockett make a donation in his memory to the Dry Creek Arts Fellowship www.drycreekarts.com