I considered Vance a best friend. We shared more than the average person you meet in that we both drove school bus. Vance drove for Evergreen, and I drove for Camas School District. We had each other to commiserate with about our challenges with the kids, and all the necessary sanitizing protocol due to the pandemic. The need for assigned seats and knowing each child that boarded your bus. I enjoyed cooking for Vance on an occasional weekend. . . sometimes we would BBQ in my backyard, but the last time we shared a meal was on Oct 30. I invited Vance for meatloaf, and learned it was his favorite meal. We shared a similar sense of humor and loved to laugh together. One of our favorite activities though was golf. I would urge Vance to golf at courses that we could do on foot (rather than riding in a cart). We both enjoyed the exercise and the social aspect of the game. I will miss his gentle critique of "my" game, because Lord knows I needed his advice. I never had the opportunity to meet many of Vance's other friends or family members, but I know that each of us loved him dearly. My sincere condolences to all as we learn to live without this wonderful guy. He was truly one of a kind. Rest in Peace Vance!
Your Buddy, Donna Ries