Vance Crockett Littleton, of Ashland, Ore., passed away August 26, 2012. He was born in Cisco, Texas, June 21, 1931, the only child of Vance and Reba Littleton. When Vance was eight years old, his family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where he lived for the remainder of his childhood.
Vance attended Rice University in Houston, Texas, completing a bachelors degree in economics. After graduation he was commissioned as a U.S. Naval officer and served for two years aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown. He continued his military service in the Naval Reserve, retiring after 23 years with the rank of Captain.
Upon returning from active duty, Vance taught middle school mathematics in south Texas, and worked as an administrator in the Corpus Christi public schools. He then moved to Austin, Texas, where he earned a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas.
Vance's career in public school administration included many positions throughout Texas. As assistant superintendent in Austin, Texas, he was influential in designing that district's successful desegregation plan. Following superintendencies in Harlingen, Texas and Lake Jackson, Texas, he returned to Corpus Christi as superintendent. Again he was instrumental in resolving problems related to court-mandated busing and desegregation.
Vance enjoyed playing basketball and fast-pitch softball well into his adult years. As a parent, he was an enthusiastic supporter of his childrens' participation in many athletic endeavors, from rodeo to tennis to football to Special Olympics. He loved the music, poetry, and paintings of the American West.
Vance is survived by his wife, Terry, of Ashland; children, Randy (Dianne), of West Columbia, Texas, Lee (Susan) of New Llano, La., and Sam and Eliza of Ashland; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
No services are planned. Memorial contributions can be made to Ashland Community Hospital Home Health and Hospice or to the Ashland Schools Foundation.