310 FIFTH STREET, COLUSA, CA 95932    •    (530) 458-4141

Home Obituaries Vernon H. Regier (1927 - 2020)

Vernon H. Regier (1927 – 2020)

Vernon H. Regier, 92, of Colusa, CA, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 13, 2020 at his home after battling Parkinson’s disease for nearly 30 years.

He was born in Corn, OK, on July 8. 1927, son of the late Barney and Tena Regier. He is survived by his spouse, Floss Regier, his children Megan Toma, Angus, Scott and Shawn Regier.  He also had six grandchildren, Madison, Gigi and Trevor Toma and; Lea, Ian and Logan Regier.

A veteran of WWII, Vern entered the United States Marine Corps in 1945 and was part of the Bikini Atoll program, testing nuclear weapons.  He also began participating in one of his favorite sports, boxing.

Following military service, he applied to California State University at Chico, CA majoring in Industrial Arts.  In addition to his studies, Vern remained a starter in football, baseball, track and boxing all four years earning the coveted Block “C” in each. He was selected Far Western Boxing Champion in 1948 in his weight group. Other activities on campus included The Ski Club and membership in Iota Sigma, an Industrial Arts Club which hosted several events a year promoting good fellowship. He later returned to Chico State to complete his Master of Arts in Administration.

After earning his teaching credential, he taught in Alturas and Los Molinas.  In 1963 Vern moved his family to Colusa where he began teaching Industrial Arts and Woodshop. He retired in 1987 as Vice-Principal and Athletic Director.

Athletics remained his “driving force” and underpinning throughout his life which he enthusiastically coached and participated. He entered several local cycling events and traveled the United States to participate in Senior Masters Track and Field events, running the 100 and 200 meters and the pole vault.  He garnered over one-hundred medals and occasionally held a record or two in his age group.  Vern took coaching very seriously.  He worked tirelessly researching and acquiring necessary equipment and building blocks to provide “his” athletes the best possible opportunities to excel in both sports and in life. His favorite maxim from Mark Twain was, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

In addition to sports and academics, he engaged in fine woodworking, rebuilding MG’s, leather tacking and gun checkering.

Tributes and recognition for his zest in life included induction into the Chico State Hall of Fame in 1988, Colusa County Fair Grand Marshall in 2013, Individual Inductee to the Colusa County Hall of Fame in 2015 and the annual Vern Regier RedHawk Invitational to name a few.

Truly and wonderfully devoted to his family, peers, and students he tirelessly strived to set an example of encouragement and positivity, that endures within each one of us.

Due to the pandemic, a service of celebration will be scheduled for a later date. Those who wish to remember Vernon in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Colusa RedHawk Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 1027, Colusa, CA  95932.

05/06/2020 • WPR #2020-0634

The Williams Pioneer Review has a small staff of one, covering all of Colusa County; but we’re proud to have the assistance of a large army of community contributors to extend our range and reach. This is one of those stories. If you have a story you would like to share, please email them to: news@colusacountynews.com or give us a call.

Recent News

Acclaim for a record number of biliterate students

A new bar has been set at Williams Jr./Sr. High School by 24 students who have received the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of...

CA-Maxwell Graduation

For years, Maxwell High School graduates have walked the sacred stage on the high school football field. Last Friday, the 23 students of Maxwell’s...

Pierce graduates 98

Pierce High School’s young adults followed in the footsteps of the alumni that came before them on Friday, although the path to receive their...

Schools honor their cream of the crop

Pierce juniors and seniors with the highest grade point averages were recognized for their scholastic efforts, despite social distancing regulations. A long standing tradition...

Williams graduates mark special moment in history

In Williams, the 75 students that made up the senior class were spread out across their field while family filled out the grandstands. The late...

Local Government

Colusa County returning to some normalcy

Colusa County residents and businesses are slowly returning to normal, amid a pandemic that has slowed but not yet disappeared. Restaurants are starting to serve...

City to sell road construction credits to Rohnert Park

Expecting a deficit in the budget because of an economic downturn from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Williams City Council voted 5-0 to sell more...

Pirelli project still in the works

The City of Colusa hasn’t let COVID-19 dampen their enthusiasm for a possible project at the old Pirelli cable plant west of town. Despite lockdowns...

Public & Legal Notices

County of Colusa – Groundwater Commission Notice of Public Hearing

  COUNTY OF COLUSA GROUNDWATER COMMISSION NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING   NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Colusa County Groundwater Commission will hold a Public Hearing for the purpose...

Notice of Vacancy – Princeton Water Works District

NOTICE OF VACANCY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Colusa County Board of Supervisors is soliciting applications to fill a vacancy for an unexpired term...

County of Colusa – Notice of Adoption of a Resolution of Intent to Temporarily Sell and Transfer Central Valley Water Project Rights for the...


FBN – Superior Tire Service

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2020-0000039 Date filed: APRIL 30, 2020 The following persons are doing business as:   SUPERIOR TIRE SERVICE BUSINESS ADDRESS: 247 BRIDGE STREET, COLUSA, CA...

Colusa County Board of Supervisors – Notice of Public Hearing

  COLUSA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Colusa County Board of Supervisors will conduct a Public Hearing on...