Wallace Patton Riddell Dec. 26, 1939 ~ July 27, 2013
July 19, 2013, 8:00 am by Staff Reports
Pat is survived by his sister, Vonnie Fox and brother-in-law, Billy Joe Fox; Patís wife of 40 years, Ann Clayton Riddell; daughters, Renee Riddell-Owens, Randi Reifle and Rachel Holcomb, sons-in-law, Michael Holcomb and Beau Reifle; grandchildren, Makayla and Chelsea Warden, Avery and Aidan Holcomb, and Halsey Riddell-Owens; nieces, Gail Grigsby, Rachel and Mary Anne Curington, all of Burnet and nephews John Grigsby and Jim Vagher, of Providence, R.I., as well as many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Burnet County Sheriff Wallace Riddell and wife, Rachel Estelle "EssieĒ Hollingsworth Riddell; sisters Modena Curington and Daisybel Grigsby and a nephew, Chuck Grigsby.
Pat was raised in Burnet and graduated from Burnet High in 1958 with a football scholarship to Texas Tech University, where he studied and was a quarterback for three years before transferring to the University of Texas in Austin. Pat then enlisted with the United States Marine Corps, which was followed by careers in rodeo and real estate, beginning in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Patís rodeo career as a bulldogger spanned 14 years and was a true passion, but real estate is where he chose to make his mark. After meeting his beautiful wife, Ann, he chose to settle down in Burnet where he raised his family and served his community. He was named a Burnet Honor Citizen in 1985, following in his fatherís footsteps, as Sheriff Riddell was the first. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Scottish Rite, Valley Lodge #175, Henry Thomas #278, and the Burnet City Council as Councilman for 12 years. He created and developed the Burnet Tourism Alliance as well as the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival and helped with many other community projects over the years. At the time of his death, he was working with the addition of a new development at Delaware Springs.
Patís love of hunting was almost equal to his love of this community. He was a life member of the Texas Wildlife Association and when he wasnít working on projects or serving on a board, he was out on a hunting trip with his friends and family or coaching his granddaughters on the basketball and volleyball courts. Pat was a man of faith, morals and truth and will be missed terribly by his family and all that knew him.
The viewing will be held Tuesday, July 30 from 5-7 p.m. at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Hill Country Fellowship Church in Burnet. Interment with a Masonic burial service will follow at Post Mountain Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Burnet Firs Lutheran Church or the Hill Country Community Foundation. Condolences may be offered to www.clementswilcoxburnet.com.
Arrangements were made by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet.
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