Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
Duane Thomas Vincent
February 5, 2007
Duane Thomas Vincent, 77 of Cedar Park, formerly of Austin, passed away in Houston on Monday. Duane was born February 3, 1930 in Gordon, Wisconsin to Emory Arnold and Laverne (Wilkinson) Vincent. He served in the Army from 1952-1954 during the Korean Conflict. Duane received his Masters Degree in Education from Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos in 1958 with Mid-Management Certification in 1975. He was an educator and coach in Rockdale, Hutto, Wrangell, Alaska and San Saba from 1958 to 2004. He worked part time as a commercial fisherman for salmon in Alaska. On May 13, 1989, he and Polly Perry were married in Dallas. He was a member of Riverbend Church in Austin, member of Treasurer of the Hills Senior Activity Center in Cedar Park and a recognized Alumnus of SWT for performance in basketball. Received Academic Excellence Award at SWT, Austin American Centex Coach of the Year '78-79 and Alaska Armed Forces Basketball All-Tourney 1954. He loved fishing for salmon in Alaska, sports and playing bridge. He is survived by his wife, Polly Vincent of Cedar Park. Daughters, Rhandi Jean Parish and husband Dave of Corpus Christi, Vicki Lynn Morton and husband Kennard of Rockdale, Lori Dawn Vincent of Plano, Joni Sue Stone and husband Duane of Glenallen, Alaska. Son, Dane Thomas Vincent of Wrangell, Alaska. Step-sons and their wives, Blair Franklin and Kelly of Plano, Dr. Scott Franklin and Sherry of Austin. Brothers, Robert Vincent and wife Mary Beth of Ketchikan, Alaska and Donald E. Vincent of Wisconsin. Nineteen grandchildren. Twelve great grandchildren. Brother-in-law, Sam R. Perry and wife Shirley of Austin. Sister-in-law, Jenny Perry Kubiak and husband L.B. of Rockdale. Services, 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2007 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Rev. Ronnie Dyer officiating. Burial in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1630, Rockdale, Texas 76567 or to Rockdale Athletic Booster Club Scholarship Fund, c/o Rockdale High School, P.O. Box 632, Rockdale, Texas 76567. Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home, Rockdale, Texas 512-446-5454.
Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 2/9/2007.
Services for Duane Thomas Vincent, 77, of Cedar Park will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at the funeral home.
Mr. Vincent died Monday morning, Feb. 5, at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.
He was born Feb. 3, 1930, in Gordon, Wisconsin, to Emory Arnold and Laverne (Wilkinson) Vincent. He married Polly Perry on May 13, 1989, in Dallas.
Mr. Vincent was an educator and coach in Rockdale ISD, Hutto ISD, San Saba ISD and Wrangell (Alaska) ISD from 1958 to 2004. He was also a part-time commercial fisherman. He received his masters degree in education from Texas State University in San Marcos in 1958 and a mid-management certification in 1975.
Mr. Vincent was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving from 1952 to 1954. He had basic training at Fort Richardson in Alaska. Mr. Vincent was a Scout Corporal and was named by the Armed Forces to be a member of the Honorary All-Alaska All-Star Basketball first team.
He was a member of Riverbend Church in Austin and was treasurer of the Hills Senior Activity Center in Cedar Park. Mr. Vincent was a “Recognized Alumnus” of Texas State University in San Marcos for performance in basketball.
He had a beloved pet, “Poco,” and he was an avid fisherman of salmon in Alaska. He also enjoyed sports, playing bridge and loved his family, friends and his SWTSC Bobcats.
Mr. Vincent was a resident of Cedar Park for the past 13 months and was formerly of Austin for 17 years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Emory Arnold Vincent, in 1966 and his mother, Laverne Vincent, in 1969. Survivors are his wife, Polly Vincent of Cedar Park; four daughters, Randi Jean Vincent Parish and husband Dave of Corpus Christi, Vicki Lynn Vincent Morton and husband Kennard of Rockdale, Lori Dawn Vincent of Plano, Joni Sue Vincent Stone and husband Duane of Glenallen, Alaska; a son, Dane Thomas Vincent of Wrangell, Alaska; two stepsons, Stephen Blair Franklin and wife Kelly of Plano, Gregory Scott Franklin of Austin; two brothers, Robert Vincent and wife Mary Beth of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Donald E. Vincent of Wisconsin; a brother-in-law, Sam R.Perry and wife Shirley Bird Perry of Austin; a sister-in-law, Jenny Perry Kubiak and husband L.B.of Rockdale. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren, Corbin Tuma, Kerri Tuma Connor, Trevor Nelms, Taylor Nelms, Jeremy Jones, Lindsey Glass, Duane Scott Davidson, Dee Anne Wetzel, Jennifer Buck, Mary Beth Jordan, Joshua D.Stone, Emory Vincent, Jordan Vincent, Samuel J. Franklin, Luke C. Franklin, Jacob S. Franklin, Jenna Franklin, Jace Franklin and Josh Franklin; and 12 greatgrandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Dean Vincent, Tony Vincent, Patrick Connor, Blair Franklin, Scott Franklin, Dave Parish and Kennard Morton.
Honorary pallbearers are Sam Perry, L.B. Kubiak and Logan Kubiak.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Gaye Bland, PO Box 1630, Rockdale, TX 76567 or to Rockdale Athletic Booster Club, c/o Rockdale High School, PO Box 632, Rockdale, TX 76567. Make donations for the scholarship fund in memory of Duane Vincent.
Rockdale Reporter, February 8, 2007
The fisherman touched many lives
Duane Vincent, Rockdale’s winningest basketball coach, dies at age 77 after a brief illness
Whether it was the sport of basketball or the sport of fishing, his passion for both were undeniable. Rockdale’s all-time winningest basketball coach, Duane Vincent, passed away Monday morning at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston after a brief illness. He was 77.
Public visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. A memorial service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Phillips and Luckey followed by the burial at I.O.O.F. Cemetery. (For more details, see obituary on 6b.)
Two weeks before Christmas, Vincent was unable to walk and had been hospitalized ever since. He was originally taken to St. David’s Hospital in Austin and then transferred to M.D. Anderson where he died. Doctors at Anderson diagnosed Vincent with a rare disease, lymphocytic lymphoma of the brain and spinal column. Vincent was supposed to have started non-toxic chemo treatment on Monday.
Vincent is survived by his wife Polly, a former RHS teacher, four daughters, Randi, Vicki, Lori, Joni and a son Dane as well as two step sons Stephen and Gregory.
Vincent began coaching RHS basketball players in 1960 and between then and 1973 and again from 1976 through 1979, collected 359 victories and nine district championships.
“Coach Vincent had a special talent when it came to coaching basketball,” said Dr. Wayne Pierce, his assistant for four years at Rockdale who is now the Executive Director of the Equity Center. “He perfected that talent to a legendary level by his absolute commitment to the sport and the students who played for him.”
From 1961 through 1968, he guided the Tigers to eight straight district titles. He was the first coach to lead a Rockdale team to the state tournament, in 1966. In order to reach the final four, Vincent’s young squad had to defeat No. 1 ranked and unbeaten Del Valle.
There was just one senior starter on that team and four sophomores. That team finished with 30 wins, a school record until 1975.
In an article in The Reporter last year commemorating the 40th anniversary of the state trip, Vincent lauded his team. “We didn’t expect to do much,” Vincent said. “It was definitely a rebuilding year. I never thought that was the best team we had had. They just kind of grew into it. “The more they played, the better they got.” “They were a pretty competitive group even though they were so young,” Vincent said. “They would take a challenge. They just grew up all of a sudden.
“They were excellent kids and good workers. They really did a good job. I was so proud of them.”
Ronnie Dyer was a member of that team. “He meant so much to me,” Dyer said. “My dad died when I was a freshman so he wasn’t only my coach, he was like my dad, he took my dad’s place. “After I graduated he took me around to all these colleges to try and get me a scholarship. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Coach Vincent.”
Vincent coached basketball for 27 years in Rockdale, San Saba, Hutto and Wrangell, Alaska.
In the 1963-64 season, Rockdale had a bi-district championship taken away from them after a junior varsity player inadvertently played in more than the allowed number of quarters per week because the Tigers and another team played an extra period in a tuneup game. The player did not even appear in Rockdale’s easy bi-district win but were turned in by the team it had beaten. It would have been easy for Vincent to get out of it, but he didn’t.
He spent 22 years in the RISD, 16 as head coach and six as just a teacher from 1985-91 when he and Polly moved to Austin.
After he retired from RHS, he coached junior high basketball in the Hutto ISD until retiring from coaching in 2005.
“Coach Vincent was my junior varsity coach when I got here,” said Hutto Coach Cody Blake. “I had not met Coach Vincent before and was surprised when midway through the season we went to Rockdale and I saw the numerous banners hanging on the wall with his name on them. “From that point on, I would pepper him with questions about his successes at Rockdale. He would tell wonderful stories about his success in Rockdale, his experiences at Southwest Texas State and his Alaska experience.
“He was a student of the game and a fine man and will be dearly missed.”
On the night of his last game, Vincent was honored at Hutto Middle School and featured a surprise organized by his family which showed up with signs and banners honoring his career.
Vincent was also a world-class bridge player and was playing the night he discovered he could not walk and was taken to the hospital.
“I learned a lot about basketball and life playing on Coach Vincent’s team,” said Rick Brock, who played for Vincent in Wrangell, Alaska and is now the varsity basketball coach in Petersburg, Alaska. “He had a tremendous impact on me as a young man and still does today. I hope I have half the positive influence on my players as Coach did for me.”
Gerald Adams followed Vincent at Rockdale in 1973 and subsequently, Vincent returned to follow him in 1976. “He and I came from the Milton Jowers background at SWT,” Adams said. “He was ahead of me at SWT and he shared many things I was not exposed to. It benefited me greatly. “We coached against each other and spent many hours talking basketball. His knowledge was second to none and he shared many things with me over the years. I had great respect for him. “When I went to Rockdale, I was motivated to do the best job I could because of my respect for Duane.”
Years at Rockdale: 16 (1960-1973, 1976-79)
Titles: 9 district championships, including 8 in a row from 1961-68;
Regional finalists once,
Bi-district champs 5 times.
State tournament: Guided the very first Tiger team to state in 1966.
Also led girls’ golf team to state in 1978.
Rockdale Reporter - Sports Section - February 8, 2007