OBITUARY

Russell Randall Grace Jr.

November 30, 1971March 14, 2021

For a simple accident to call Russell Randall Grace Jr. to be with his Lord is a tragedy. But for those who called him husband, father and friend, “tragedy” seems too small a sentiment to describe the loss of this amazing man who touched so many and gave so much.

Randall was born on the 30th of November 1971, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He spent part of his childhood in Phoenix, Arizona before moving back to Houston and attending Episcopal High School, where he graduated in 1990. Randall attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York where he served as captain of the polo team. He was also president of his senior class and gave the commencement address at his graduation in 1994.

Randall joined Chilton Capital Management as an Investment Analyst in 1997. He soon obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification and quickly grew into the position of Portfolio Manager, assuming greater roles in the growing company as time went on. A voracious reader with a desire to never stop learning, Randall went on to earn his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. In 2018, he was added to Chilton’s Board of Managers; in 2020, he was named CFO of the firm. Throughout his career, Randall always put the interests of his clients and his teammates before his own as he worked tirelessly on his campaign to “make Chilton great.” His enthusiasm, dedication and positivity will be dearly missed by his colleagues.

Randall believed that not a moment nor second of any day should be wasted and dedicated much of his time to giving back. Randall served on the Vestry, Stewardship Council Member, Master Planning, Senior Council, Building for the Ages Campaign and Wayside Chapel Committees at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. He was the Jr. Warden, Men of St. Martin’s President, Stewardship Committee Co-Chair, CCSC Endowment and Steering Committee member and involved in numerous other outreach activities for the church. He was a valued member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where he served on the Gatekeepers, Transportation, and Mutton Bustin’ Committees. Randall served as Board Treasurer and Endowment member for Christian Community Service Center. His love of nature was evident through his involvement with the Memorial Park Conservancy as board member and golf tournament chair. Randall’s support and board service to SIRE and the Houston Polo Club exemplified his passion for horses. Randall was elected to membership of Houston Country Club in 2009 and served on its Entertainment, House and Tennis Committees. He was also a proud member of the Houston Chapter of Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.

His philosophy was that any time spent outdoors was a gift, and he was always up for a new adventure. Besides polo, he was passionate about bird hunting. He treasured his time in South Texas quail hunting and spending time around the fire with good friends. Randall loved sharing the duck blind with his family, as well as his hunting buddies. He travelled from South Dakota to Georgia with his friends and family in pursuit of a rewarding bird hunt. But Randall’s passions ran wide, he also enjoyed backcountry skiing, fishing, scuba diving, golf, and tennis. Randall was his children’s biggest cheerleader, always encouraging McKay and Rand in all that they did. Whether on the slopes, water skiing, at sporting events or any family activity, you could always sense his pride through his loud cheers. One of his favorite experiences was a family mission trip to El Salvador, volunteering for days with various organizations. A highlight of the trip was learning to surf with his family.

One of Randall’s favorite events was the Pichones Y Pachanga Annual Shoot that he hosted at his family’s farm, Mas O’ Menos, in Kenney, Texas. He loved the friendly competition and comradery. One year Randall finally won his own shoot and was often seen wearing the belt buckle trophy that he himself had designed. Having never met a stranger, his magnetic personality was uniquely genuine. A weekly favorite of his was sharing family dinners at El Patio.

Randall is preceded in death by his mother Jean Lykes Grace; and maternal grandparents, Jean and Buddy Lykes; and paternal grandparents, Evelyn and Russell Grace. Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife, Hollis Hughes Grace, their two children, McKay and Rand; as well as his father, Dr. Russell Randall Grace and wife, Jane; sister, Charlotte and husband, Brian Grove; and brother, Reverend Jimmy Grace and wife, Marla; and sister Ali and husband, Sam Gorgen. Also surviving Randall are his in-laws, Jeanette and James Hughes; Heather and Blair Nelson; two nieces, four nephews and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Thursday, the 8th of April. Guests are invited to attend the service virtually by clicking “Join Livestream” below when the link is available.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to: St. Martin's Episcopal Church, https://stmartinsepiscopal.org/honorariumsmemorials/, 717 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056; Memorial Park Conservancy, https://www.memorialparkconservancy.org/donate, 7575 N Picnic Ln, Houston, TX 77007; or Christian Community Service Center, https://ccschouston.org/support-ccsc/donate/, P.O. Box 27924, Houston, TX 77027-7924.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18).

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021

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BRIAN BARULICH

April 11, 2021

I moved to Houston from New Jersey in 1998, having never been to Texas before and not really knowing anyone there. I had the good fortune of being introduced to Randall shortly thereafter. Randall always went out of his way to look after me, invite me to things, or just hang out. I felt that he was crazy in the most positive way. When you were with Randall, you never really knew what you might wind up doing, who you could meet, and where you would go. I moved from Houston in 2003 and, over time, I had gradually less contact with Randall. Yet, I still regarded him as a close friend from the few years that I was fortunate enough to see him regularly. Randall was one of the nicest, most social, and sincere people that I have ever met. I will forever remember him as friendly, confident, and cool.

Rest in peace, RRG. I look forward to seeing you again. My deepest condolences and prayers to your family.

Paul Hobby

April 8, 2021

Always a gentleman- always a friend -such a proud legacy he leaves with his beautiful family ..- we are here to support them until you are together again.

All of our love and condolences..

Paul and Janet Hobby

Wayne & Barbara Kvalsvig

April 8, 2021

We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Randalls untimely passing. Our hearts are broken for Hollis and the children and all his family and close friends. We’ve missed you these past years around the polo field, you were so much fun to play with and against.
With heartfelt sympathy we wish you all peace and we wish Randall Godspeed

Frost Cochran

April 5, 2021

One of the great privileges of my life is to have been friends with Randall Grace. The weekends on our King Ranch hunting lease in the field, on the truck and around the fire, will remain some of the most fun times ever spent with friends. He was so proud of his family and committed to his friendships and his faith.

The picture of him in the field, holding his favorite dog, hat on and smile blazing is just how I saw him most of the time. One great story after another, a joke, a compliment, encouragement, sharing wisdom and secure with his commitment to God and family.

Randall we will miss you but always remember you. We will hold your family close and know we will be with you again.

CHRIS MATLOCK

April 5, 2021

I was stunned and saddened to hear of Randall's passing. We had a shared passion for investing, bird hunting and especially CCSC, where we served closely together for nine years. We will all miss his passion, enthusiasm and especially his servant's heart. We also take solace knowing that Randall worked hard to make our world a better place. Blessings of peace and comfort to your family in this time of sorrow.

Dianne Dombrowski

April 5, 2021

I so adored his story regarding the backpack, stones, water during a hike with Jimmy; which was shared with us during Ali's wedding.
Please accept my deepest sadness over Russell's passing; may God comfort and love you always.

Catherine Mace Frietsch

April 5, 2021

Randall was one of the most genuinely gregarious and special people that I have ever met in my life; his joy for life and enthusiasm for fun and adventure was infectious on others. His unique ability to light up any crowd he was in and keep the momentum going was amazing, and paralleled only by the talent he had of focused seriousness when he was on on-role while being a board member of Sire during long planning meetings (which I saw many times as he sat diligently leading ideas and input). Hollis and Randall created a beautiful family in all ways, from dating to marriage- gorgeous children and beyond. I truthfully looked forward to seeing them at Camp Bus drop-off each year for our catch-up sessions and tons of laughter as we stood in the blistering July heat. I will miss those sweaty hugs and boy, cherish all the memories. Thank you Lord, for all of the fabulous memories. God bless this amazing family. I adore them ALL.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY