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Western Heritage Awards
Western Visionary Award
Awarded in 2022
Foster Friess (1940 – 2021)

Foster Friess (1940 – 2021)

Foster Friess embodied the “American Dream” in his lifetime. Born to a working family and learning the basics of cattle work from his father, he went on to excel in school and serve as his high school class president. He attended the University of Wisconsin where he earned a degree in business administration, was the president of his fraternity, and married his wife Lynn. After serving as an Army infantry platoon leader and an intelligence officer, Foster left the military with $800 dollars and his small family. Foster became a successful investor and prolific philanthropist. He was an avid supporter of what he believed to be the principals that built the American West – freedom, hard work, self-reliance and conviction. Foster passed in May 2021 and is survived by his wife, four children and fifteen grandchildren.

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