Family and friends of Randy “RJ” Trice Jr., who died in a motorcycle crash Saturday night, described him as positive person and loving father who inspired and mentored others through the YMCA of the Blue Water Area.
“The world was a better place because he lived in it”, said Josh Chapman, YMCA president/CEO and friend of Trice.
Randy Trice Sr. said his son had a bright, infectious smile. He enjoyed working out, volunteering with the YMCA and motorcycles.
“Wherever he went he brightened up the room,” Trice Sr. said.
Chapman and Trice Sr. said Trice Jr. was at the YMCA his whole life. He attended youth programs growing up and was employed in a variety of roles with the YMCA for several years. Chapman said Trice volunteered with youth programs and did painting and maintenance work on the YMCA after he left for other employment.
“The Y was intertwined with RJ and RJ was intertwined with the Y his whole life,” Chapman said.
Trice Jr. had a one-year-old daughter with his fiancee, Shelby Marshall. Marshall said their daughter, Teagan, was his entire world. His love for Teagan will always be evident through Marshall, their family and the community, she said.
“(Trice Jr.) has exceeded everything I had hoped our daughter would have in her father. He made us girls his top priority at all times, always making sure we were taken care of and never letting us forget how much we meant to him or how much he loves us,” Marshall said.
Loved ones described Trice Jr. as a loving, selfless, caring person who had an impact on whoever he came into contact with.
Trice Sr. said his son worked for Edward Industries Painting Company.
Quade Krosche, a close friend of Trice Jr., said he met Trice through their time playing for the Port Huron High School football team. He played with Trice in a semi-professional football league in Sarnia, Canada until the COVID-19 pandemic closed the international border.
Krosche said Trice was a mentor and inspiration to many kids and adults, including him. He said he enjoyed their one-on-one talks of how to live a more positive life.
Trice was riding one of two motorcycles that were observed traveling west on Keewahdin Road at a high rate of speed about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. A deputy parked behind PetSmart began pursuing the motorcycles in an attempt to make a traffic stop, the St. Clair County Sheriff Department said.
The bikes continued west past State Road. Trice’s motorcycle struck the back of a vehicle that was slowing to turn into a business in the 4100 block of Keewahdin Road. He was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff department said.
Contact Laura Fitzgerald at (810) 941-7072 or at [email protected]