Shane Barmby

Feb 12, 1954 - Oct 27, 2022


Shane Barmby, 68 of Sacramento, California, had his last performance on earth the morning of Thursday, October 27, 2022. Born to ranchers, Bobby and Lucy Barmby, Shane was given the first name James. Along with siblings Jeff and Judy, James completed the triple JJJ brand. Soon after graduating from Elk Grove High School, he was married, and in 1974, daughter Shaneen was born. Touring with Don Wilson and band Gun-shy as early as age 15, he was a natural on the stage. His true passion was continuing the legacy of his Rodeo Producer Grandfather, Bob Barmby. Along with his father and brother who were both calf ropers, Shane competed professionally for over 50 years until his health took a turn. Along with competing in Rodeos, Shane worked professionally in the movie business as a teamster, and a member of the Screen Actors Guild. He can be seen as early as the 1980’s appearing in film and TV shows such as “Little House on the Prairie” and ”Dallas” and he played the lead in the “The Rick Nelson Story,” on NBC TV. In 1986, Shane moved to Nashville, TN where he toured with Randy Travis and received his first record deal “Riding and Roping” in 1989. This album included the music video that hit number one on Country Music Television. Recording contracts for albums “Jukebox Symphony” and “Let’s Talk about Us” would follow in the early 1990’s. Shane has written and recorded hundreds of songs based on his life and love of music. He loved to entertain and would often serenade family and friends with his gift of singing and playing the guitar. “Cowboy Shane” as he was known by many fans will truly be missed.

Shane is survived by his mother, Lucy; daughter, Shaneen; grandson, Tavi; niece, Jocelynn; nephew, Blandon and many cousins.



    I enjoyed listening to you sing with our cousins at family events. You will be missed. Rest In Peace. Prayers to my Aunt Lucy and cousin love you.



  • Tammy Brewer says:

    My dear cousin Shane Barmby, you were blessed with a lot of talent and blessed us with a lot of beautiful memories. You will be truly missed. May God rest your soul. My heart grieves with aunt Lucy, Shaneen and Tavio. I love you all.

  • Nancy Johnson says:

    Rest in peace my friend,you deserve it. I knew from young to recently. I have quite a few of your cds, I liked your singing. We lived next door for many years. Just know that your mom is not alone.

  • Patrick mccune says:

    Thanks Shane for everything. We got pretty close since you’ve been back. I just wish I could have done more. We’re going to miss you sir

  • Lynda Roberts-Vaughan says:

    We were young when we married and had a beautiful daughter who loves us both. You will always keep part of my heart. With sorrow for the present and love for the past.

  • Mia green says:

    RIP my friend. Suffer no more. We will miss you and your love for the rodeo and music. Play your beautiful music in heaven with all the others. Jam session .

  • Leith Chamberlain says:

    Those years 1989-1990 were magical. We bought the silver Cadillac limo here in New York for your music video and I moved to Nashville with you. I will forever here your laughter and treasure the years of happy memories we made. This old world is a lonelier place without you. No more suffering, only Heaven’s wide open rode ahead! Miss you, love.

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  • Trish Johnson-Green says:

    We lost someone, someone who was a part of my and my brothers lives since childhood, he was my first kiss. A boy with amazing talent, his talent thrived into adulthood. I still remember with a smile Shane serenading all us girls on the elementary school bus. I cannot count the many times I had a crush on Shane with that thick luscious head of hair and voice like deep silk. He was a life-long best friend to my older brother. He spent as much time picking on me as my brothers did when he wasn’t trying to steal a kiss in our young teen years. He was family and I loved him as family. Forever in our Hearts

  • Larry/Brenda Shelton says:

    We met Shane 30 years ago. We roped together, played music together. He pulled up on our lot pulling a horse trailer with a limousine once. A very special guy and we’ll miss him. We were blessed to have met his family.

  • Trisha R. Johnson says:

    Dearest Shane,
    This is a rough one for our family…

    I first want to thank you for being my dads best friend!
    (from elementary school through HS and all these years!)
    All those memories with our family!
    Thank you keeping us girls close as we grew up!

    Your laugh & smile was contagious! I loved talking with you!
    (About life & what my dad has been up to!wink!)
    Thank you for sharing your mom with us all these years!
    we love & adore her as you did.

    I wish I could talk with you once more,
    give you one more hug, & tell you that we love you one more time, Shane.
    I will smile with your memory every-time I hear your music (while I am singing along!), see your videos, or wear cowgirl boots! (and every-time we visit with”Big Deal”)
    You left behind some of your best traits in your daughter & in your grandson & for that we are thankful.
    Family forever.
    You were true original…hard to find, but easy to recognize!
    Ride high & visit us often.
    Until we see you again Family…
    We love you.
    Paul, Trisha, Susie
    and Nadia

  • Beverly Poston says:

    I met Shane in 1986 at a roping A couple of weeks later Beth and I went to watch him perform at a nightclub in Nashville on a Friday night. The next day we went to three ropings and then spent Sunday watching old Westerns. He was a regular part of our life from then on. He spent time with and listened to my children, he was with us at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham when my oldest daughter had brain surgery. We carried him to the doctor in Nashville two years ago praying the doctor could heal him. We are broken hearted
    It is so good to read everyone’s memories. He meant so much to us all “Because that’s the kind of guy he was”

  • Rob Juker says:

    Shane was a great talent, cowboy and friend!🤠 May all the wonderful memories offer peace and comfort to family and friends 🙏 RIP pard.

  • Brad Hicks says:

    I was a big fan. I wish I could have met him in person.

  • Yvette Drew says:


  • Oh no he was a good friend roped at his place until it shut down talk to him offen so very sad!!

  • Wendy Haight Scribner says:

    Gone way too soon. I’m so sorry. I talked to Shane about 8 years ago. He wanted my mom to get in contact with his mom. I’m so sorry for the entire family. HUGS from Idaho.

  • Sharon Freeman says:

    Shane Barmby you were the only gentleman I knew.One good guy through school and Good man with a heart of gold.I knew you would make it big.Will miss you dearly,see you in Heaven Cowboy.will love your music & memories Forever,you always ment alot to me & my kids.

  • Tammy Swartz says:

    What a wonderful man, singer, and cowboy. You were always a perfect gentleman to me. We’d go out and, of course, women swooned all over you yet to stayed right by my side. You are and will be missed by me and my son…you were great to him too. Thank you for the memories. Forever in my heart,

  • Chris Green says:

    Great guy and talent wether on stage or in the roping arena! He Would always greet you with a genuine smile. RIP 🙏

  • Jan spears says:

    Shane was a friend to my brother Jack Lawless. He traveled to Indiana to help bury Jack. And we sure appreciated him in every way.
    God bless his family.
    Jan spears

  • Craig Tharp says:

    I am so sorry to hear this I roped with Shane at the very first US roping at Guthrie he was a hell of a guy one my second saddle roping with him in Southern California love to singing so sad to hear this

  • Craig Tharp says:

    Craig Tharp/ thanks Shane for all your help really appreciated you

  • Bonnie Gatz says:

    I’ll always remember you roping at Ceres Ca. Rest in peace Shane.

  • Trish Davis says:

    The first time I ever heard you sing Rainbow of our own I felt so calm .your music took me to a better place.
    You were taken way to soon
    God be with you

  • Shirley Ann Heartland says:

    Shane Barmby, you came into my life a few years ago and made a HUGE impact in my life. I will miss our chats. You were an angel before Heaven called you home. I will miss you dearly. Thank you for the guitar, I think you every time I play and see it. You’re gone way too soon my friend. Forever in my heart.

    Deepest condolences to Lucy, Shaneen, and Tavi. He showed many pictures of you.

  • Tom Burns says:

    Gonna miss seeing you at the ropings Shane Barnby. Go ahead to that big roping pen in Heaven where all steers get turned and never drag. Gonna miss you ole buddy.

  • Roger Macy says:

    May The Force Be With Yea Ole Buddy..

  • Melissa Harfin says:

    Shane was always the brightest light in any room he was in, from his bright smile to his charismatic ways. He will truly be missed by his friends and family.

  • DeeJaye Kohrs Lico says:

    I have known Shane since my Dad bought his Grandfathers rodeo company….Judy and I were the same age and we tormented Little Shane, lol. I loved the entire family. Rest In Peace Shane and I know you will be roping them good in that Big Rodeo in the Sky💔

  • Tonja Sweeney says:

    RIP Cowboy Thank you, for making your mark in this crazy world.. You made it a better place…

  • Terry Cranert says:

    I met Shane when I moved my family to Santa Clarita. Did some pro bono legal work for him when he was adding on to his ranch, but mostly we shared music as I also write country music and musical theatre. He had our kids out to his ranch to go riding and learn roping. He came to see my musical “The Lincolns of Springfield ” which touched his big heart so much that there were tears in his eyes when I met him after the show. My little boy Alex remarked,”Dad, you made a cowboy cry.” He was a great guy, a man’s man, talented, handsome and had a heart of gold. I made him cry once. Guess we’re even now. I will miss him and never forget him. Happy trails partner.

  • Andrea says:

    As a lil girl growning in the roping arena, Shane was always nice to everyone, happy & fun. RiP Shane
    U were Loved & will be missed by man
    Buckwheat Fillmore, Ca

  • Nita Rasmussen says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Shane’s passing. My heart hurts for Lucy, Shaneen and the rest of the family.
    I met Shane many years ago . I saw him often at his parents arena for ropings and many times at JR’s arena, where I lived and announced ropings. I spent many nights with our roping crowd at the Live Oak Tavern, dancing to his band.
    Years later, we reconnected on social media . I was great catching up with him.
    He was a great guy with a beautiful smile. His voice was amazing and I enjoyed reading and listening to the new songs he wrote. He was so talented.
    I hope he is chasing steers across the clouds and singing to the Angels.

  • Chris says:

    So sorry to hear of your passing..I met you in 1983 at the Woodland Rodeo. We became fast friends and when my first born was born, you came by to meet him. I named him Shaun and you said, “Well that is close to Shane.” Rest in Peace my dear friend. Love, Chris Collignon Boise Idaho

  • Paula Gill says:

    So saddened by this shocking and heartbreaking 💔 news. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of this special man 🥰 Look forward to seeing you in the future Shane.

  • Terri says:

    So sad to hear this. Glad I had the opportunity to meet him in Nashville. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family. 💙

  • Janet Brewster says:

    Sad to hear Shane has passed. He would welcome me into his home in Goodlettsville TN to chat when I would go cycling past his farm. I enjoyed our conversations when he would come to visit at my home. Will miss him very much. Praying for his Mom, daughter, family and friends.

  • Becky Hobbs says:

    I met Shane Barmby circa 1978 when I was playing the OK Corral, north of Los Angeles. He’d come by and jump up to sing a song or two. Later, in Nashville, he played the ropin’ cowboy in my video “Are There Any More Like You (Where You Came From)” and from that, got a deal with Mercury Records. Shane was a great entertainer, loaded with charisma, and most of all, a good friend. He is surely up there rockin’ the wild blue yonder. Love to his family.

  • Jade says:

    Shane was Hollywood Handsome and as talented as they come. His love for his mother was always amazing. He touched a lot of lives. You have broken a lot of hearts by leaving too early. R.I.P. my friend.

  • Tony Dias says:

    RIP my old friend, you will be missed. I’ll never forget our elementary school days.

  • Ron Wechsler says:

    Brian Burrows called the other night to share this sad news! Shane was liked and loved by many, may you RIP. Will look forward to seeing you in the BIG Roping Pen!
    Peace my friend.

  • Karen ( Roemer) Malia says:

    Shane snd I went to Sierra Enterprise Elementary School together. We use to have races drinking our milk in Kindergarten. 😂
    He was a very sweet boy and so cute!
    I do remember him coming to one of our Elk Grove High class reunions and singing! What a treat!
    RIP Shane ❤️🙏🏼❤️

  • Sean Brady says:

    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Shane Barmby, who graciously gave a ‘Peer’s Quote about Gene Watson in September 2006.

    May Shane Barmby’s memory be a blessing.

  • Jason stanley says:

    RIP COWBOY . I’ve know you since I was a lil boy !
    God be with you . Your Ridin and Ropin all you want buddy . Still listen to all your music .

  • Trisha R. Johnson says:

    Dearest Shane,
    This is a rough one for our family…
    Thank you for being my dads best friend!
    (from elementary school through HS & all these years)
    …All the memories with our family!
    Thank you for keeping us girls close, as we grew up.

    We loved your laugh & your bright smile!
    We loved your voice!
    I enjoyed talking with you about life, &…
    what my dad was up to! (wink!)
    Thank you for sharing your mom with us, all these years!
    We love & adore her, as you did!
    I wish I could talk with you once more,
    give you one more hug, & tell you that we love you,
    one more time…
    We will smile with your memory every-time we listen to your music, see your videos, or wear my cowgirl boots!
    (while singing along of course!) (and loving on “Big Deal”)

    You left behind some of your best traits in Shaneen & Tavi, & for that, we are thankful.
    Family forever.
    You were a true original,
    hard to find… but easy to recognize!
    Ride high,
    Visit us often.
    Until we see you again family, we love you!
    Paul, Susie, Trisha, & Nadia

  • marc stureman says:

    about 30 years ago i pulled in a parking lot ,here Shane trying to load a small car, he had bought in Gilroy ca and was trying to load it in his trailer that he made to sing and entertain on the roof and haul a horse and now haul a car to use when he got to where the next show was it took us a little to move everything around to make it work, he was a hard worker a real COWBOY didn’t know the word can’t be done

  • Robert June says:

    Shane it was always a pleasure seeing and talking to you at the
    Ropings and Rodeos through out the years.
    Bless your Mom & Daughter for thier loss

  • Judy Rodman says:

    I’ll miss the smile you always had for me whenever we saw you. Have loved you and your family since I can’t remember when. RIP Shane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cheryl Bucher says:

    I am so very sad to hear Shane is gone ,
    He was a kind person , full of life . He was unique and wonderful. Shane you were loved .You were very special.
    Love you Shane , rest in peace ❤️

  • Ann king Jones says:

    Shane was along time friend. He was lots of fun to be around. He lived roping and performing. He will be missed


  • Dana Smith Hines says:

    I’m sorry, my dear friend. You knew there was something wrong with your health….you did all you could do. You made me laugh. Thank you for helping me through one of the toughest times of my life. I will look forward to seeing you in heaven, on our horses.

  • Shane my musical brother! You lived a childhood dream and made those dreams come true with your talent and charisma that was powerful and intense!
    You’ll be remembered by many and love by all that knew you!
    See you on the other side my friend.
    Love ya brother ❤️🎶

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