June 20, 1918 - December 21, 2012
Jesse Carl Vance passed away from natural causes in Prineville on December 21, 2012. He was born June 20, 1918 to Rev. Raymond O. and Sally Vance in Proctor, North Carolina. In 1939 he married Janet
Queen in Sylva, N.C. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater as a Chief Petty Officer stationed at Mine Assembly Base Navy #128 in Hawaii. After discharge in 1946 he settled in Sedro Woolley, Washington where he worked as an electrician. He moved to Prineville, Oregon in 1953 where he owned and operated a service station for several years before becoming a millwright for a plywood plant in Redmond.
He was one of the original founders in 1958 of what is now known as The Arc of Central Oregon. In 2008 they honored him for 50 years of service. He was also the Treasurer from 1984 to 2010. He may be best remembered for his tireless efforts to the Opportunity Center in Redmond. From the time it first opened, if something was needed and he could get it or do it, he did. He organized and helped put on their social events for years including picnics, BBQ’s and dances. Failing health made him unable to attend any of these events for the first time in 2011.
Carl was a devout spiritual man. He was a skilled plumber and electrician having certification in both trades. He was always available not only to his family but to others as well to lend his expertise when needed. He loved the outdoors. He was an avid camper, hunter and fisherman. He was a true family man in every
sense of the word. Always quick with a smile. He will be missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Janet; children Larry and Janna; and daughter-in-law Lilian. He is survived by his son, Dick; daughter, Connie Hickman and son-in-law Curt Hickman; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on January 19 at the Prineville Funeral
Home. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to either the Arc of Central Oregon or the Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon. A private internment has already been held.