Empire Ranch Foundation

Robert Grantham (Grant) Boice II

Robert Grantham (Grant) Boice II was born February 10, 1953, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson.  The son of Bob and Miriam Boice, he lived on the Empire Ranch until 1956 when his family moved to Globe, Arizona.  At that time his father took over the management of the Slash S ranch.  Grant graduated from Globe High School, was active in 4-H through junior high and high school, showed steers at county fairs, SALA, Arizona National Livestock Show, and graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in animal science in 1975.  He was the executive director of the Arizona National Livestock Show for over 18 years, retiring in 2014.

Grant describes the Slash S ranching operations, the relationship of the Slash S to the Empire Ranch, the operations  of the Empire Cattle Company and Boice and Company, his father’s involvement with the operations of the Empire Ranch, and provides background on the family decision to sell the Empire Ranch to Gulf America Corporation.  He shares memories of his parents, his grandmother Mary Boice, and his uncle Pancho Boice.

Date of Interview: April 19, 2014
Interviewer: Alison Bunting