C. Jason Spence | 2022 | Obituary
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Jason Spence, age 51, of New Braunfels, Texas, a beloved father, husband, and friend, entered fully into the presence of the Lord in Heaven Friday, April 15, 2022 unexpectedly after an auto accident in South Dakota. Born to Jean Ann Littlepage Spence and John Charles Spence in Lubbock, Texas on May 30, 1970, he is survived by his mother and by his sons Sterling Gage Spence and Spencer Danger Spence and wife Robin.
Jason grew up in the “806” towns of Slaton and Tahoka, Texas. Throughout his childhood, he worked in the cotton farming, auction barn and purebred Appaloosa breeding operations of Littlepage Farms, along with showing livestock and horses in 4-H, FFA and in breed shows with his grandparents Cleveland Lee and Mary Lee Littlepage of Lynn County, Texas. If Jason applied himself to any pursuit, he was easily masterful. Early in his life, he excelled academically and vocationally with horses, pigs, sheep, and chickens in 4-H, FFA and in equine and rodeo associations, winning numerous show and national championships and serving as a state 4-H officer including representing Texas in Washington, D.C.
Jason graduated sixth in his class with honors from Tahoka High School in 1988, from Texas Tech University with a degree in Animal Business in 1993, where he was a member of the Livestock and Horse Judging Teams and the Masked Rider for 1992-93, and from Oklahoma State University with a Master of Science in International Agriculture in 1995.
Growing up Jason always wanted to be an auctioneer teaching himself by ear an effective chant and presence, then started selling auctions in his teens while successfully reading people with his powers of observation. In 2005 he was top 12 at the International Livestock Auctioneers Championship. Jason auctioned throughout Texas, as well as in South Africa and Australia and across the United States holding auction licenses in at least 43 states along with real estate and Federal Aviation Administration licenses, and credentials of ministry.
Jason was best known for auctioning show and purebred livestock, autos, real estate, drilling and heavy equipment and charity auctions, he also announced livestock shows, marketed real estate, worked as a bank loan officer, insurance adjuster, commercial cattle feeder, appraised farms and equipment, traded and repaired tractors, sold farm and livestock insurance and helped friends with property and abstract research and enterprise accounting, plus some knew him to take orders for custom boots. In his career, he worked as Vice President of Agricultural and Commercial Lending for West Texas National Bank from 1998 to 2001, as a Commercial and Residential Insurance Adjuster for Wardlaw Claims Service from 2001 to 2003, as an auctioneer for Ritchie Brothers, the world’s largest auction company, from 2003 to 2006 selling in English and Spanish internationally over the internet. He founded Spence & Co. Auctioneers in 2006 serving agri-business in sourcing, marketing, sale management and appraisals. One of his passions was flying his airplanes, in which he logged over 700 hours flying time. Most recently Jason worked determinedly to increase his fly-fishing skills in Texas, Colorado, Nebraska and beyond often taking his boys and inviting friends to join him locally on the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers.
A dedicated alumnus of Texas Tech University, Jason was forever recruiting with “Guns Up” and relentlessly imploring all he interacted with to attend, or in the case of parents, to send their children to Texas Tech. He was an obsessed Red Raider fan and dedicated Poth Pirates and Hoffman Leopards parent. His boys were blessed by his support for their cattle, horse and sports activities which he enjoyed telling anyone about.
From a young child auctioning his toys in the driveway and a teen teaching himself the craft of selling then honing his talent through college and graduate studies to evolve his auction method for connection with bidders, selling could have been his middle name. He admired and studied great auctioneers and mentored fellow auctioneers. Jason’s investment in relationships and pride in and dedication to helping customers and kids achieve optimal return for their consignments with integrity provided him personal fulfillment.
Jason’s sharp, quick mind and immense memory gave him unparalleled communication skills pervading his interests and pursuits while integrating and helping people mightily along the way. Known for his love of people, Jason extended nicknames as endearments. He was at-the-ready, always, to be first on the scene to help and support anyone going through loss or to listen deeply and extensively for those in crisis or need. He felt and responded to others pain unwaveringly and courageously.
He gave generously in his numerous communities in many, many ways. His family admires how he put homeless up for the night in hotel rooms, sharing a meal and checking regularly on those he befriended. Jason pulled over on the interstate to let those in need know he would circle “right back” with provisions from the nearest convenience store. In the youth auction world, he facilitated fund raising for children and families going through tragedy and crisis. He donated and purchased innumerable auction lots to help kids across his state. In February of 2022, Jason celebrated his 25 th year participating on the youth livestock Auction Committee and selling the four-day sales at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition. His office and archives spill over with handwritten thank you notes, photos, plaques, and gifts from kids of every age from every county.
Jason carried and studied his well-worn cowhide and leather covered bible presented to him upon high school graduation by his hometown church. His notes in the margins, underlines, highlights and dates of sermons and locations next to verses tell the story of his deep faith and seeking the word of the Lord wherever he lived and traveled. With the advent of the Internet, phone APPS and social media, Jason kept his electronic bible, bible study and favorite Pastors’ sermons centered in his early morning and late evening routines. He demonstrated his faith and led his boys to believe and learn through faith.
If a man is defined by his multitude of friends, Jason was loyal, devoted, loving, caring, concerned, brilliant, determined, resourceful, compassionate, dedicated and committed. Hashtags were popular on Jason’s sites, and one that stands out reflecting upon his life’s work is #PraySellRepeat.
To Jason: Love never dies. May you rest in Heaven’s glory.
Arrangements are under the direction of Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, 189 North Seguin Avenue, New Braunfels, TX 78130. The registration book may be signed during the visitation Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from Noon to 7 p.m. Memories may be shared at: https://www.doeppenschmidtfuneralhome.com/ or through Jason’s CaringBridge site: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jasonspence__;!!D38LNok!yf0bcJosQ0U4eK85LqqNuJ2uXUZlSFZEj8ChcVRachzxOZEEoCYnQegyNCCpyHEzliCO3Q-QkPQYrqmCkIc5VMro$
Public funeral service will be held Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at Freeman Coliseum, 3201 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78219. Access the Coliseum parking lot from Houston Street through GATE B. (LiveStream details to be announced by end of day 4/26 on the CaringBridge site.) Visitation prior to the service will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Freeman Coliseum. A reception in the coliseum will follow the funeral from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Jason will be laid to rest next to his grandparents, Cleveland and Mary Lee Littlepage during a private family service in Tahoka, Texas.
In loving memory of Jason, and in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made in support of one or more of the scholarship funds established to extend Jason’s caring for kids, youth, young people, and their families.
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Jason Spence Auction Memorial Fund
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of our dear friend and longtime auctioneer, Jason Spence. He was an integral part of our Junior Livestock Auctions for more than 20 years, and will be greatly missed by the livestock community. In his memory, we have worked with the family to establish the Jason Spence Auction Memorial Fund, the proceeds of which will go directly to exhibitors that have made the auction. We know that his legacy will live on through the hearts and minds of the many exhibitors that he has impacted throughout his lifetime. If you would like to donate to the fund with a credit card you may use the link below. If you would like to send a check, please mail to: San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, ATTN: Auction Department, PO Box 200230, San Antonio, TX 78220. If you have any questions please call (210)228-4872. https://sarodeoauction.salemembership.com/
Texas 4-H Foundation C. Jason Spence Memorial Scholarship Fund
Jason participated in every 4-H project offered! He served as a State 4-H Officer in the late 1980’s, and was a passionate advocate supporting the pursuits of livestock show kids across Texas. The C. Jason Spence Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships for youth who exhibit livestock projects through Texas 4-H, and this year’s first scholarship may be given in June 2022 to a 4-H Youth exhibiting at the State 4-H Roundup. Jason’s memory and legacy will live on through Texas 4-H. The family suggests memorials be given through: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/jspence or https://bit.ly/3JUzli8
Masked Rider Scholarship Fund at Texas Tech University