Melinda Clements is an educator and freelance author who lives on a 70,000 acre cattle ranch southwest of Odessa, Texas in the Permian Basin of West Texas. Holding a Masters Degree in Education, Melinda teaches Technology and English IV at Crane High School in Crane, Texas. Not only is she involved with the ranch and teaching, she is also a minister, a staff writer for Super Looper Magazine and also writes articles for the Dally Times and The Roping Pen magazines as well. Additionally, Melinda pens her own monthly article entitled, “Thoughts of a Team Roping Spouse,” published in many team roping and equine magazines.
Melinda works for the United States Team Roping Championships in a freelance capacity and covers their National Finals in Oklahoma City. She writes their roping profiles and posts them to their website during the National Finals. She is also a published author and CEO of Perceptions Ministry that puts out a daily online devotional to a readership of more than 800 subscribers. She is a member of the Association of Christian Counselors. She teaches, speaks and ministers at team ropings, bullridings, bike rallies and other places where people may not be able to make it to a Sunday church service.
Bob Clements, Melinda’s husband, is a team roper and cattle manager for the K Bar Ranch southwest of Odessa. The couple has a daughter, Brandi and a son, Ben. Ben and his wife Jodi, live in Stephenville, Texas. Both Melinda and Bob graduated from Dalhart High School. Bob graduated in 1964 and Melinda graduated in 1969. The couple moved away in 1980, but stay connected, including by reading the Facebook page for the Dalhart Texan.
Clements stated, “Our entire family has always been involved with the rodeo and ranching lifestyle, and I believe it is a tradition and lifestyle all of us must work hard to maintain and keep alive for future generations.” She added, “There are no better kids than ranching and rodeo kids. It is because they are instilled with love of God and family and raised on hard work and good morals.”
Melinda stated, “I like to read and keep in touch with the Dalhart Texan on Facebook because it is informative, quick, enlightening and helps me continue to feel a part of my hometown.” She added, “Dalhart will always hold special meaning to me because I grew up there. My dad is buried there. Growing up and going to high school was a very special time in my life. The Dalhart Golden Wolves are awesome, and I will always cherish being a part of the community.”