Native son carries on family legacy as new member of city council – Cross Timbers Gazette | Denton County South | mound of flowers
Chase Lybbert vividly remembers when he was just a little kid in a cowboy hat and boots, running alongside his grandfather, William H. “Boots” Roberts, for his tending cattle, riding horses, helping with household chores and, yes, stomping around in the occasional mud puddle.
Living on the sprawling family ranch in Copper Canyon was a unique upbringing compared to most of his Denton friends, but Chase knew nothing different and wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
“You would wake up every morning and he would have a fire in the fireplace,” Chase said of his grandfather. “You would then just go to the barn and work. It was a good life and I was with him a lot because my dad was always on the road rodeoing.
Fast forward to today, and Chase runs the family ranch in honor of his late grandfather, who died in 2001. He always wears jeans, boots and a hat and is happiest when he has a day mowing, digging ponds, fixing fences and riding his tractor. But there was another aspect of Boots that Chase also developed an appreciation for: being involved in its community.
And, it will also follow these startup steps.
On June 13, Chase was sworn in as the new member of the Copper Canyon City Council, taking the 5 spot. His grandfather, a fourth-generation Texan whose resume includes time as president of the Dallas Homebuilders Pro Tem Association and Mayor of Irving, served on the Copper Canyon Council for six years. He quickly became a key figure in helping to preserve the rural way of life the town has known for all these years.
Chase won the May 7 election with 60% of the vote. He hopes he can make Boots and the rest of his family proud.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to honor his legacy and protect my rural roots,” Chase said. “My grandfather took me to council meetings when I was a young boy, and my mother, Kaki, was always involved in the community and still is to this day. planning and zoning and consulting to stay informed, and it was one of those cases where it was like, ‘I already invest so much time tracking everything, I might as well throw my name in the hat. ‘”
Chase is the youngest council member in town history. But his credentials as a registered professional Landman with hands-on field experience make him uniquely qualified to tackle the growing development challenges facing Copper Canyon.
“Boots was always passionate about service and giving, and he instilled that in us,” Chase’s mother, Kaki, said. She has been a realtor for 27 years and, among other community endeavors, is the 2022 Vice President of Advocacy for the National Association of Realtors. “It’s not something a lot of people want to do, but it’s definitely important. So I was very happy when they asked him to consider racing. He wants it for the right reasons, and I think he’ll do just fine.
Copper Canyon Mayor Ron Robertson agreed.
“It’s refreshing to see young people like Chase stepping in because they are the future of Copper Canyon,” he said.
For Chase, being fully invested in their community comes with the territory — especially given their time in Copper Canyon. Boots Roberts was born in Dallas in 1917 and grew up mostly in the city until he chose to purchase land in Copper Canyon in 1977. At one point he owned 300 acres. Kaki moved into the property in 1981 and Chase was born in 1985. From there, the property quickly became home and the epitome of the cowboy lifestyle.
Today the property extends one mile north of FM 407 to Jernigan Road.
As he mentioned earlier, Chase never knew any other way. His father, Chris, traveled extensively with the rodeo, and Chase often found himself hitting the road for long stretches. But they always came back to Copper Canyon.
“We had just come home and straight back to work on the ranch – working cattle, riding horses, baling hay, roping cattle, etc. “, did he declare. “I eventually went to TCU, but I always planned on coming back. And I’ve been here ever since.
Chase and his girlfriend, Rachel Bradshaw, plan to build their forever home on the property in the near future.
“It’s always been a dream of mine, and Rachel is certainly thrilled about it,” he said. “These days I wonder where I want to put the house – do I put it on that hill or on that hill, and where am I going to put my barn? I’ve watched it from so many angles every time I’m there. It’s exciting to think about.
As for the Copper Canyon City Council, there’s no denying that its intentions are sincere and simple: to protect the city from high-density development and keep everything rural while respecting the rights of all citizens who live there.
“It was important for my grandfather and my mother. The baton has been handed over to me now,” Chase said.