Reginald Charles Vance

January 30, 1959 ~ May 26, 2020 (age 61)


Reginald Charles Vance was pronounced dead of natural causes on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
Born on January 30, 1959 in Richmond, California to Charles and Jean Vance, Reginald is the oldest of seven siblings. He graduated from Salesian’s High School in Richmond, California and did a semester in the Ag program at University of California, Davis.

Early in life, Reginald was introduced to the principles of farming and raising animals. He grew to love horses and as an avid Rodeo enthusiast, Reginald spent several decades competing in a variety of Rodeo events: steer wrestling, bull riding, and team roping before finally settling on bull doggin’ as his preferred competitive event. He went on to win several silver buckles in the sport as he traveled around the country with the Bill Pickett Rodeo. He also competed in Gymkhana (equestrian) techniques, trained wild Mustangs to take a saddle, and taught new horse owners how to handle their horses.

Over the years of his life, Reginald held many positions in construction, farming, as a teacher’s aide for emotionally-challenged children, and custodial work, but he spoke most often of his time at NUMMI in Fremont, California and Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. Reginald never met a stranger. He called every man he met “Brother” and made friends wherever he went.

His one dream was to live on the land inherited from his grandfather, Simmie Vance, to whom he was very close. In 2011, Reginald and his wife relocated with his horse, Lucia, from California to Texas where Reginald fulfilled his dream to enjoy his family’s land in his final days. He is survived by his wife, three children, four grandchildren, six siblings, and a host of cousins, aunties, and friends across the country.


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