Paul T. Veluzat Honored by Congress
April 1, 2001: Linda Lambourne (right),
representing U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, presents a copy of
the Oct. 28, 2000 Congressional Record and an American flag flown over the capitol in honor
of Paul T. Veluzat to Melody Ranch owners Andre (left) and Renaud Veluzat during the
City of Santa Clarita's 8th annual Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival.
Proceedings and Debates of the 106th Congress, Second Session
WASHINGTON, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2000
A COWBOY'S LAST RIDE
HON. HOWARD P. "BUCK" McKEON
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, October 26, 2000
Mr. McKEON. Mr. Speaker, family and friends
recently said their final goodbyes to 101-year-old Paul T. Veluzat, one of the last of the
American cowboys. He leaves behind a great legacy.
Paul's travels as a cowboy and a shrewd businessman began on Dec. 6,
1898, when he was born in Summershade, Ky. At age 17 he went to work in a shipyard, then made
his way to Texas where he joined the Texas Rangers. Paul was one of the first people to board
the German submarine that sank the Lusitania, an event that precipitated the United States'
entry into World War I.
Paul's love of horses led him back and forth to Mexico, where he rode
with the revolutionary, Francisco "Pancho" Villa. He eventually came to California
where he worked as a bodyguard to industrialist J. Paul Getty and evangelist Aimee Semple
MacPherson. He became a devout Christian something his family and friends said was one
of the most important aspects of his life. He purchased real estate throughout the Los Angeles
area, including a ranch he called the "Diamond V"1 in Saugus where he ran cattle, and raised
Paul's passion for horses was as strong as his passion
for filmmaking. The Veluzat family owns Melody Ranch2, home to over 750 "B" western
movies as well as other notable films and television shows such as the beloved Gunsmoke.
"Last Man Standing" starring Bruce Willis was recently filmed there.
Paul was very successful. He and his first wife, Opal, were simple and
down-to-earth, they were astute in business and had unquestionable integrity. Paul's word
was his bond. Ninety percent of his business was conducted by a handshake or over the phone.
Paul's true success was measured by his deep spirituality and the love and respect he gained
from his family and his many friends. He will be remembered as a generous man who was liked
Paul Veluzat is survived by his wife of 14 years, Rosa; his sons,
Rene, Andre and Renaud; four grandchildren, Daniel, Paul, and Marcel Veluzat and Shantel
Hudson; three great-grandchildren; and many, many friends.
1. Diamond V is correct; due to a typographical error, the Congressional Record actually says, "Diamond B."
2. Two of Paul T. Veluzat's three sons, Andre and Renaud, own Melody Ranch.
Photo by Leon Worden.