The Woodward News

Features

July 2, 2013

Area auctioneer wins world title

Woodward, Okla. — Dustin Focht sits tall in his auction block and chants a rhythmic melody, on which the 43-year-old has built a new kind of life for the last 13 years.

It was with the same level of intense purpose he channeled when he entered the profession, that the Stillwater native and second generation bid-caller managed the capture the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) held in Montgomery, Ala.,  June 15.

Anyone who watches the artist as he performs his trade, can see in the movement of his hands and the sing-song tone in his chant, that this is who he is, not what he does.

Focht was born and reared in Stillwater by his ranching and farming parents. He spent some younger years with his grandpa, Andy Focht, who was a professional Auctioneer all his life, he said.

So, on the face of it, outsiders might see Focht's rise to fame in the world of bid-calling predictable but the truth is, how he ended up here could really be considered a bit of a miracle, he said.

"When I was younger he (his grandfather) was diagnosed with lung cancer and so he started to get out of the business before I understood what it was about," he said. "He started to go down hill when I was in middle school and when I was in high school he died."

After graduating from high school, Focht did what a lot of Stillwater graduates do, he enrolled at Oklahoma State University.

"I got a great job offer in Chicago in advertising and so I didn't finish," he said.

That decision plunked the Oklahoma son squarely in the middle of the other "windy city" and that is where he spent the next eight years, he said.

But something was calling Focht  home to the windswept plains, he said.

" I realized I wanted to come home and I knew Gregg Griffith (Oklahoma Auctioneer), " Focht said.  "I called him and told him I would like to come home and he, in turn, accepted me with open arms."

Upon his return, another well known auctioneer, Ralph Wade began to teach the bid-calling neophyte just how the art was performed.

After some lessons on a Wednesday and Thursday in how to build a chant and some other basics, Wade, the 1974 recipient of the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, turned Focht loose selling cattle at the Oklahoma National Stockyards that following Tuesday.

Text Only
Features
  • jonesweb.jpg Jones wraps up career with Southgate United

    Next week will see the end to almost a half century of meat cutting for Bob Jones, who is retiring July 18 as the meat department manager at Southgate United.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • literacyweb.jpg ESL classes continue to grow

    When Cambodian born Kuneth Ly (pronounced Lee) came to live in Oklahoma with her American born husband, she didn’t know any English at all and she certainly never thought she would wind up living in Woodward as a business owner.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Seniors discuss holiday memories

    Periodically, the Woodward News plans to visit with local and area seniors to get their memories and thoughts on special days, events or various issues and share them with our readers. And what better way to start off than with memories of the Fourth of July.

    July 2, 2014

  • Dairy Queen marks 50th year of selling fireworks

    July 4, 2014 will mark the 50th year for the Dairy Queen Fireworks Stand.

    June 30, 2014

  • Historic bridge anchors renovations at Doby Springs

    An historic, depression era bridge listed on the National Historical Register has been trucked from Grant County, where the bridge spanned Sand Creek since 1936, to Doby Springs Park and Golf Course near Buffalo.

    May 25, 2014

  • Lighthouse can help change lives

    Self admitted methamphetamine and prescription drug addict, "Jay" describes his life nearly a month ago as being in a free fall that would have eventually ended badly.

    April 10, 2014

  • reaweb.jpg Rea recalls a career in history

    Retirement for some people can begin a transition fraught with a little spell of depression and even grief over the loss of one’s job, which many use to define themselves.

    March 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • redcrossweb.jpg New volunteer joins Red Cross

    March is Red Cross Awareness Month.
    “It is a time to honor the mission and we use this as a chance to honor the everyday heroes that help us fulfill the mission,” said Northwest Oklahoma Red Cross chapter Disaster Services director Gordon Burgess.

    March 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Troop 251web.jpg Plans made for Troop 251 reunion

    When D. L. "Ferd" Waddell, retired veterinarian, left Woodward approximately 12 years ago, his friend Linda Meyer promised she would plan a reunion of Boy Scout Troop 251, over which Dr. Waddell was scoutmaster for nearly 13 years.

    March 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • City saying goodbye to veteran police captain

    Woodward Police Capt. Tony Alexander has been a cop so long, he's not sure what he's going to do in the second half of his life. But that's about the only thing he's not sure of.

    February 23, 2014