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2020 Hall of Fame Inductee
Clarence Gonzales

Clarence was born to Horace Gonzales and Celeste Hunt Gonzales March 31, 1931, in San Antonio, TX. As soon as he was able Clarence attended his first rodeo at a county fair. His love for rodeo took him out of his childhood home to Albert George Ranch (which today is a historical park) in Booth/Richmond, TX.  As a ranch hand Clarence love for rodeo grew while working with horses and cattle.  In 1958, he attended the Madison Square Garden Rodeo Championship in New York and later in 1972 in Harlem New York he had a role in the movie “Black Rodeo” based on Black cowboys coming to New York featuring Muhammad Ali. Clarence has several awards, buckles, and trophies from the numerous rodeos he had participated in. In early years, he competed in all events including bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, and steer wrestling. But steer wrestling turned out to be his favorite rodeo event.
Clarence was married to Zelma Ruth Solomon and they had 5 children, (Rynae Grant), earlier marriage of Zelma. He settled in Richmond, TX, where they raised their family. Clarence attended as many rodeo events as he could find within traveling distance. He worked and retired from Brown and Root construction in 1993.  After retirement, Clarence started promoting rodeos in small towns surrounding the Richmond, TX, area such as Kendleton, Egypt and McBeth.

Clarence still has the spirit of rodeo in his soul and it was passed down to his youngest son Kevin whose love for rodeo was as great as his father’s as they traveled to many rodeos together. All the family helped put on the promotion of the rodeos with his sons helping out in any capacity needed to help the event succeed. Clarence’s love for rodeo will be with him till his dying days.

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