Joseph Kent Ray

Joseph Kent Ray, of Bacliff, TX. was born February 11, 1964 in Washington, D.C. He passed away on May 10, 2021 at the age of 57.

Kent proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp.

He was a mechanic for 30 years, and recently became a distributor for Matco Tools. His time with Matco Tools being the happiest he had been with a job, smiling more on a regular basis than ever before.

Kent had a passion for drag racing. He built and modified bikes for racing. He was also an active member of the Pistola’s Motorcycle Club.

Kent is survived by Cyndi, his loving wife of 25 years. He also leaves behind his mother, Susan Murfee Ray; step-mother Judith Ray; a daughter, Staci Arce; a brother, Steve Ray and wife, Regina; and four grandchildren, Miquel Arce, Chrystian Arce, Morgan Arce and Dante Arce.

He was proceeded in death by his father, James Rendal Ray.

In his honor a visitation will be held, Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm in the Crowder Funeral Home Chapel, Dickinson, Texas.


  1. Kent was probably the best Victory wrench in our area. He was with Polaris East and later Mancuso. He rode with the PGR in the early days and saved my bacon on one mission to Lake Charles.
    My Kingpin had a blowout on the old Lake Charles bridge. Kent tried to plug my tire on the side of the I-10. After about 4 plugs we knew there were too many hole. He asked if I ran over a gator. We had it towed the Harley dealer in downtown Lake Charles and he helped them change my tire. I really appreciated this. He had a passion for Victory bikes. RIP Kent

  2. I loved my Victory that I bought from Kent. It resembled a Transformer and consequently BACA children loved it too! It was one of a kind like him and I feel blessed to have been his friend. He was also a fellow brother in the US Marine Corps. He left us too early but who are we to make that decision! Semper Fi Brother Kent! R.I.P.

    Rusty Benigar

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