Jul 7, 2009
by WLJ

Victor Leo LaGrande

Victor Leo LaGrande, “Vic,” age 91, was a cowboy, farmer, and cattleman all his life in the Williams, CA, area. He passed away peacefully June 25, 2009. Born March 11, 1918, he was one of nine children born to Joseph and Adeline LaGrande. Vic was patriarch to one of the country’s long-standing farming and ranching families. Vic was known for his interest in sports. He was a member of the Cowboy Association (Turtles), the RCA, and local chapters. He showed horses in California while roping throughout northern California. Vic and his brother, Joe, were owners of Colonel Clyde, a famous racing horse which he rode and showed. Vic enjoyed baseball and playing on county teams. He also enjoyed golf and coaching Little League. He was a member of the Glen-Colusa Cattleman and California Cattleman Association. He raised cattle throughout northern California. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus.

Vic is survived by his wife of 53 years, Hedy LaGrande; daughter Jayne, her husband Gordon Tomlinson from Rancho Murrieta; sons Sid and his wife Paige from Sites, Brent and his wife Maryann of Colusa, and Leo and his wife Lori of Maxwell. Vic leaves six grandchildren, who are Logan, Katrina, Lauren, Laine, Maureen, and Theresa. His brother, Harold, still lives in Williams and his sister, Georgia Traynham, lives in Woodland. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandson Taylor, brothers and sisters Ernest, Alma Stephens, Lucille Chatfield, Steve, Joseph and Mathew LaGrande.

Visitation and a Rosary Service were both scheduled for Thursday, July 2, at the McNary-Moore Chapel in Colusa with a funeral mass scheduled for Friday, July 3, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Colusa with burial to follow at the Williams Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Maxwell Little League, Williams Fire Dept., U.C. Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Clinic, 4860 Y St., Suite 3500, Sacramento, CA 95817, or charity of your choice.