Jim Bob Altizer started his rodeo career at a young age and won numerous junior rodeo titles before embarking on his stellar professional career. Regarded as one of rodeo’s greatest steer ropers, Altizer also excelled in tie-down roping, winning a world title in that event at the first NFR in 1959. He went on to win a world steer roping title in 1967. But the cowboy, born May 5, 1932, in Del Rio, Texas, never forgot the start that junior rodeo gave him. For years he conducted free roping schools and clinics on his ranch near Del Rio for youngsters. He was an outstanding contributor of rodeo at all levels. He died in 1997.
World Championships: 2 (Tie-down roping, 1959; steer roping, 1967)