Jace Duane Arbuckle, 10/31/1984 – 6/26/2018
Jace was born in Bay City, Texas, on Halloween night in 1984, to proud parents Duane and Jeanne Arbuckle. Jace’s brother, Rand, and sister, Alex, have countless wonderful memories of Jace and know the great honor of being his sibling. Jace was a lover of people and animals. He never met a stranger and made friends everywhere he went. He loved to hunt, fish, and foster animals. Jace was laid-back and enjoyed every aspect of life to the fullest. His imagination, wit, kindness, strength, and acceptance of all people and things made Jace the amazingly unique and cherished man he was.
Although Jace may have preferred Xbox and Netflix to reading and studying, Jace loved to become expert in all things that he loved – dogs, hunting, cooking, craft beer, electronics, fishing, golf, scotch, traveling, and more. He graduated from A&M Consolidated High School in 2003. He attended Texas State University as a history major. With just twelve hours short of graduation, Jace was diagnosed with cancer in early 2007. He underwent countless rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries, yet he never complained or saw any point in being angry. As Jace would say, “How would being upset and mad help anyone?” Jace was our real-life Superman.
Jace met and married the love of his life, Natalia Jimenez, on March 17, 2012 in Costa Rica. They lived in Waco for many years, where they had the joy of buying their first house together. A foodie through-and-through, Jace loved to entertain and grill. Jace’s life was forever changed when his amazing daughter was born, Sofia Grace Arbuckle. Although she is only three years old, she acts just like Jace. Jace’s greatest joy in life was being Sofia’s Dad. Natalia and Sofia were Jace’s purpose in life. His last few years in Waco were the happiest of his life, specifically when he was able to be a stay-at-home Dad for Sofia. Recently, Jace’s beautiful little family moved back to College Station to be closer to his family and friends.
Jace is leaving behind his wife Natalia, their daughter Sofia, his parents Duane and Jeanne Arbuckle, brother Rand Arbuckle, sister and brother-in-law, Alexandra and Brittan Johnson, his nephews, Finnley Jace Johnson and Cooper Harvey Arbuckle, his father and mother-in-law, Marvin and Rosalba Jimenez, his sister-in-law, Pamela Jimenez, his grandmother Delores H. Ball, his beloved family dogs Stewie and Freud, numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins, and a host of unbelievable friends and extended family. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Dr. Bert and Mrs. Nikki Arbuckle, and Jerry M. Ball.
There will be a visitation on Sunday, July 1, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hillier Funeral Home in College Station. A Celebration of Life will be held at Grace Bible Church on Anderson Street on Monday, July 2nd at 2:00 p.m. Reception will follow at Phillips Event Center in
Bryan. In lieu of flowers and to honor Jace’s love of hunting, donations may be made to the Texas Youth Hunting Program. For more information, please visit www.tyhp.org. All donations should be mailed to Texas Youth Hunting Program at 3660 Thousand Oaks Drive, Suite 126, San Antonio, TX 78247. Please include a designation note, “In memory of Jace Arbuckle.”