All Valley RV Center founder Roy B. Padgett passed away on June 29 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 78.
Padgett was born in Watertown, S.D., in 1939 to Lyle and Floy Padgett. He grew up on the family farm in South Dakota, and at a very young age learned the value of hard work. After graduating from high school he became a journeyman lineman until the industry suffered a slowdown in the 1970s.
Around 1977, Lew and Jim Young of Young’s Trailer Supply hired him as a lot tech. Ultimately, Padgett purchased the store in 1987.
Padgett played an active role in helping the California Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) get started. In 2004, he purchased another RV dealership in Acton, Calif., from La Mesa RV which became All Valley RV Center. He helped Troy Padgett and Bruce McGovern start All Valley, which they subsequently acquired in 2007 when Padgett officially retired.
Padgett helped a few more people start businesses and has touched countless families with opportunities for jobs. He was a mentor and friend to some of the biggest names in the RV industry. He loved the RV business and also the relationships from his Spader 20 groups and association friends.
Roy also enjoyed his time retired as he built several custom hot rods and classic cars. He also traveled with his wife, Charlene, and their dogs Radar and Gunner in their motorhome.
He is survived by Charlene, son Troy, and sisters Nicole and Natalie. A memorial service will be held on July 7 at 11 a.m. at the Lancaster First Assembly of God.