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Local Western legend Phil Rawlins dies at 79

Posted: June 2, 2009 12:47 p.m.
Updated: June 2, 2009 12:47 p.m.
Phil Rawlins arrives on horseback for the dedication of his plaque on the Walk of Western Stars in Old Town Newhall April 27, 2007. Phil Rawlins arrives on horseback for the dedication of his plaque on the Walk of Western Stars in Old Town Newhall April 27, 2007.
Phil Rawlins arrives on horseback for the dedication of his plaque on the Walk of Western Stars in Old Town Newhall April 27, 2007.
Phil Rawlins (plaid shirt) unveils his plaque on the Western Walk of Stars in Old Town Newhall on April 27, 2007, with a little help from (left to right): Bob Kellar, Santa Clarita City Councilman; Marsha McLean, then Santa Clarita Mayor; Laurene Weste, Santa Clarita City Councilwoman; Jack Lilley (center, white shirt), a boyhood friend of Rawlins; Pam Ingram, then-chair of the SCV Chamber of Commerce; and Harry Dean Stanton (standing), also a 2007 inductee. Phil Rawlins (plaid shirt) unveils his plaque on the Western Walk of Stars in Old Town Newhall on April 27, 2007, with a little help from (left to right): Bob Kellar, Santa Clarita City Councilman; Marsha McLean, then Santa Clarita Mayor; Laurene Weste, Santa Clarita City Councilwoman; Jack Lilley (center, white shirt), a boyhood friend of Rawlins; Pam Ingram, then-chair of the SCV Chamber of Commerce; and Harry Dean Stanton (standing), also a 2007 inductee.
Phil Rawlins (plaid shirt) unveils his plaque on the Western Walk of Stars in Old Town Newhall on April 27, 2007, with a little help from (left to right): Bob Kellar, Santa Clarita City Councilman; Marsha McLean, then Santa Clarita Mayor; Laurene Weste, Santa Clarita City Councilwoman; Jack Lilley (center, white shirt), a boyhood friend of Rawlins; Pam Ingram, then-chair of the SCV Chamber of Commerce; and Harry Dean Stanton (standing), also a 2007 inductee.
Phil Rawlins shows off his Walk of Western Stars plaque, presented to him by longtime friend Jack Lilley during the official induction banquet at the Hyatt's Main Ballroom on Friday, April 27, 2007. Phil Rawlins shows off his Walk of Western Stars plaque, presented to him by longtime friend Jack Lilley during the official induction banquet at the Hyatt's Main Ballroom on Friday, April 27, 2007.
Phil Rawlins shows off his Walk of Western Stars plaque, presented to him by longtime friend Jack Lilley during the official induction banquet at the Hyatt's Main Ballroom on Friday, April 27, 2007.
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Horseman, calf-roper and motion picture bulldogger cowboy Phil Rawlins, a longtime Placerita Canyon resident and a 2007 Walk of Western Stars inductee, died at his home Thursday. He was 79.

See today's print edition of The Signal for a family obituary, and tomorrow's paper for a news story with quotes from family and friends who knew him well.

Meanwhile, click here for an April 29, 2007 Signal profile by Josh Premako on the occasion of Rawlins' Walk of Western Stars induction.

 

 

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