Clarence Vicent Grand Marshal for Troutarama Parade

BALDWIN — Clarence Vicent, of Baldwin, was selected as the Grand Marshal for the Troutarama Parade on Saturday, July 23, 2011.

Vicent was born and raised in Peacock, graduated from Brethren High School and went to work for the C & O Railroad on May 16, 1949. The C & O had recently purchased the Pere Marquette Railroad. The C & O later became the CSX. Clarence traveled from Irons all over Michigan until he had enough seniority to transfer to Ludington. Then he worked railway construction between Ludington and Saginaw.

He retired in 1987 from CSX. He was secretary and treasurer of the local Teamsters Railway Union for 32 years.

In 1950, Vicent moved to Baldwin and bought a home just a few blocks from what is now a CSX siding.

On May 25, 1952, Vicent married Jessie B. Washington, who was originally from Aliceville, Ala. Her family later moved to Little Rock, Ark. Vicent and Jessie raised four sons and two daughters and he and Jessie shared 57 years of marriage until she passed away in January of 2010. His children live in Grawn, Grand Blanc, Detroit, Milwaukee, WI, and San Antonio, TX. Clarence remembered that his children had all been involved in Troutarama events over the years.

Clarence has been very involved in Baldwin, having worked part time for Pleasant Plains Township for 21 years and for the Lake-Osceola State Bank for 17 years. He has also served on the Election Board of Pleasant Plains Township for 20 years and as a Village Trustee for 19 years. Clarence can be seen on most days, year around, riding his bicycle. At 86 years of age, he is a testimony to the merits of regular exercise.

Vicent and Jessie were able to travel by rail to several spots throughout the country. Jessie also flew to visit her family in Little Rock. Clarence preferred to remain on the

ground.

When asked about some of the highlights of his life, Vicent stated, “God has always been good to me because I believed. And I was able to find good people to work for.”

In addition to being an ardent church goer and railroad fan, Clarence has also taken time to be a good citizen - a productive member of his community and one now beign saluted for his very best qualities.