History of Pearcy Angus Ranch
In 1962, Hollis and Verne Pearcy established Pearcy Ranch on 300 acres after retiring from Honolulu Oil in Sundown, Texas. Adding to their land, their son Jan W. Pearcy and his wife Charlotte, hailing from a registered Hereford ranch family in Burkburnett, Texas, purchased an additional 400 acres adjacent to Hollis and Verne's property. The Pearcy family joined forces in the mid-1970s, embarking on the venture of raising various breeds of beef cattle.
Following the passing of Hollis and Verne, their grandson Van, eldest son of Jan and Charlotte, along with his wife Donna, took over the ranch. Over the past 21 years, they have acquired additional acreage from neighboring properties, expanding their holdings to approximately 6-sections. Recent acquisitions in 2022 and 2023 have further contributed to the growth of the ranch.
Pearcy Angus Ranch (PAR) has transformed its land into developed grasses, utilizing WW-B. Dahl Bluestem, Klein grass, and other native central Texas grasses. The ranch features multiple 40+ acre paddocks used for winter and early spring grazing, where wheat, oats, barley, triticale mixes, and Chisholm Fescue flourish.
Preserving the family legacy and cattle business has always been a paramount goal for the Pearcy family. In recent years, PAR has strategically invested in valuable Angus genetics, carefully selecting eye-catching phenotypes and genetic traits from renowned registered Angus ranches in Texas and the United States. The ranch continues to refine its cattle working facilities, techniques, and intern programs, striving to establish itself as a prominent institution in education, development, breeding, and production of structurally correct registered Black Angus cattle. PAR aims to be recognized for its high-quality genetic traits and strong $-Values, solidifying its reputation in the industry.
Ranch Staff Bios
Van Pearcy is a man driven by his deep love for family, God, work, and country. For the past 35 years, Van has dedicated himself to leading his team at the Raymond James Midland office, providing families with personalized financial counseling to help them achieve their life objectives.
While his primary career revolves around finance, another of Van's true passion lies in the ranching and farming lifestyle. He understands the significance of this profession, valuing hard work and stewardship of the land and cattle. Growing up in Andrews, a West Texas town, Van spent his summers working on his grandparents' ranches. It was there that he learned invaluable lessons about faith, family, a strong work ethic, and love for his country, taught by his grandparents and parents.
Today, Van leads the operations of their ranch, overseeing cattle breeding, ranch operations, beef sales, and PAR’s WW B-Dahl seed harvesting. He works closely with Garren Wetzel & the PAR Team, who handles the day-to-day ranch operations, ensuring the smooth functioning of the business. Van also collaborates with their cattle sales and breeding consultants Parker & Sterling Friedrich, and Matt White to improve the genetics of their registered herd, which consists of over 700 head of cattle. One of PAR's breeding protocols includes utilizing AAA's inbreeding coefficient with each mating, as they believe it contributes to the overall health and well-being of their animals.
Van's dedication to the Angus breed and the ranching industry led him to serve as the 2021 vice president of the Texas Angus Association board. However, tragedy struck when his 31-year-old son, Vance, who played an integral role in their business operations, passed away in November 2021. To prioritize his family, ranch, and financial counseling business, Van made the difficult decision to resign from the Texas Angus board at the end of that year.
During his school years, Van displayed exceptional talent as a track and football athlete, setting state and national records. He pursued higher education at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned two degrees–an undergraduate degree in Economics and an MBA degree. As an Irish wide receiver in the early 1980s and co-captain of the track and field team, Van exemplified leadership and dedication. It was during his MBA years at Notre Dame that he married his high school sweetheart from Andrews, Donna, in 1986.
After his time at Notre Dame, Van briefly played for the Denver Broncos under Coach Dan Reeves. In 2002, he fulfilled a lifelong dream by purchasing his grandparents' ranch in Fairy, Texas. Together with Donna, Van has raised two children, Erin (married to Brian Hagler, with one daughter, Emma) and Vance, who now resides in Heaven.
Van Pearcy's life embodies the values he holds dear – his unwavering commitment to family and his “working family”, his faith, his dedication to hard work, and his love for the land, cattle and country. Through his various endeavors, Van strives to make a positive impact in the lives of others, leaving a lasting-legacy for generations to come.
Arrowhead P Ranch President & Rancher
Jan started working and operating the ranch in 1972 with his mother and father, Hollis & Verne Pearcy. Hollis and Verne first purchased land in Hamilton County in 1962. Jan's early years were filled with miracles that movies are made from. At a young age, Jan was hit by a speeding car, and the Dr.'s gave his family no hope that he would ever walk again. Jan not only walked again, but through extreme determination and dedication he became a record setting Texas high school and collegiate 880-yard runner. He attended East Texas State on a full track scholarship and graduated in the late 50’s and began teaching and coaching out in West Texas in 1960. Jan retired from coaching in the early '90's from Andrews, Texas, and permanently moved to the ranch. Jan and Charlotte have been fully operating the cattle ranch for over 30+ years.
Sr. Ranch Manager & Director of Ranch Operations
Garren Wetzel oversees and provides daily direction to PAR’s Team and contractors concerning all aspects to cattle, farming, construction, and operations. Garren works with Van and Parker Friedrich Marketing on selecting upcoming Angus-leading sires to each female mating – following PAR’s breeding program that has been developed over the past several years. Growing up as the son of a High School football coach, Garren lived in several Texas towns - but he graduated from James Madison High School in San Antonio. Madison is a magnet school for agriculture and one of the largest FFA programs in the state. During high school, Garren participated in several judging teams, showed pigs, lambs and ag mechanic projects. Upon high school graduation, Garren spent a brief time in Crystal City employed by Del Monte Foods as a field mechanic working on specialty harvesting equipment. Following his Del Monte tenure, Garren attended Tarleton State University earning his bachelor’s degree in Ag Services and Development. Throughout his undergraduate work, Garren was a student worker at the Tarleton State farm. Because of his years of experience working in Tarleton’s AG operation, Garren was hired as the college farm foreman in 2017. Garren’s responsibilities were managing all livestock species, farming, and providing real hands-on experience / guidance to Tarleton AG students. During Garren’s Tarleton State experience, he had the opportunity to work with black angus genetics and found a true passion for breeding “the business breed.” Garren left Tarleton State for Evans Farms near Proctor where he served as the ranch manager.
Ward Kimmel works with Garren Wetzel & Eason Reece on the daily cattle, breeding and work activities at Pearcy Angus Ranch. Ward oversees the important water resources for the ranch-whether it’s the ranch’s numerous water wells spread through the 3,600 acres or their 20+ ponds. Ward was born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in Georgetown, TX. He attended Georgetown ISD where he was involved in FFA, Football, and Rodeo. After High School Ward attended Central Texas College in Killeen, TX, where he studied Farm and Ranch Management. Ward has worked on commercial cattle ranches for 18+ years; 7 of those years as a Ranch Manager. After studying at CTC, Ward went to work for a Ft. Davis, TX ranch. While in Ft. Davis, Ward met his wife, Elise. They were married in 1992. After getting married, he attended Sul Ross State University Law Enforcement Academy. Upon graduation, Ward went to work as a police officer. After 9 years, he left Law Enforcement and went back to working on ranches where his heart has always been.
Eason Reece grew up in Spring Garden, Alabama on his family's poultry farm. Although he grew up working with broiler chickens, he began livestock judging and showing in his early teenage years. Throughout high school he was heavily involved in FFA and 4-H. During his time in 4-H and FFA Eason served as an Alabama FFA North District officer and competed at the national level in 4-H Livestock Skillathon and Quizbowl. Upon graduating high school, Eason knew that he wanted to make a career out of the purebred cattle industry. In 2020, Eason transferred to Tarleton State University where he graduated in May 2022 with a bachelor's degree in animal science with a concentration in Animal Production. Eason feels very fortunate to have been able to work on cattle operations of various sizes and types in Alabama, Georgia, South Dakota, and Texas. Eason and his girlfriend Haley met during their time at Tarleton. They are expecting their daughter, Emery, in July 2023.
Elise Kimmel was born in San Antonio. She grew up in Midland, Texas. Elise graduated from Midland High School in 1986. She then graduated from Sul Ross State University (SRSU) in 1989 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Animal Health Management. Elise also received her Registered Veterinary Technology (RVT) certificate in 1989. She then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science Degree with a minor in Biology in 1991. Elise worked at various vet clinics from 1984 thru 1996. From there, she transitioned into Banking. She worked in the loan and credit departments and retired in 2012 from full time work. Elise met and married Ward Kimmel in 1992. Elise and Ward have been married for 30 years. Elise rode her first pony when she was 3 years old. The horse bug bit Elise very hard, and she got her 1st horse when she was 16 years old. Elise has been riding and caring for horses ever since. Elise believes that horses are magnificent creatures, and she loves caring for them every single day.
Cattle Administration & Reg. Angus Beef Sales
Haley was raised in Williamson, Georgia until the age of 9 when her family moved their roots to Prattville, Alabama. She began her agricultural journey by being heavily involved in 4H and gradually moved her focus to rodeo. After graduating high school, she attended North Central Texas College on a rodeo scholarship. Later, she transferred to Tarleton State University where she graduated in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a concentration of Pre-Veterinary Medicine. While in school, Haley met Eason Reece, and they now have a beautiful daughter, Emery, which they are raising at Pearcy Angus Ranch. In addition to working at the ranch, Haley enjoys breakaway roping, riding her horses, drawing, cooking & baking, and spending time with her family.
PAR Vice President & Human Resources
Donna serves as PAR’s Vice President. She oversees Human Resources/Payroll for both the ranch and Midland financial services operations. Donna married Van in 1986, and moved to South Bend, Indiana while Van finished his master’s degree at Notre Dame. Donna and Van started dating in high school in 1979 where Donna was crowned track queen for the Andrews Mustang Relay. Donna received her teaching degree in bilingual education from Angelo State University in 1983. Donna taught school for several years, but later became a partner with Van Pearcy’s Wealth Services Team in 2001. Van & Donna have two grown children – Erin, their daughter who graduated from TCU and is married to Brian Hagler. Erin and Brian have one daughter, Emma. Erin works for an oil & gas company in Austin. Their son, Vance, graduated from TCU. Vance worked day-to-day with Van, Donna & office Team at Raymond James in Midland, Texas until November 2021 when Vance ascended into Heaven.
Arrowhead P Ranch Bills/Receipts
Charlotte came from a Registered Hereford ranching and wheat farming family In Burkburnett, Texas. She met Jan Pearcy while attending East Texas State University. Charlotte graduated from East Texas State with a teaching degree in the late ‘50’s. They married, and moved to West Texas to start their family. Charlotte retired from Andrews, Texas Independent School District in the early ‘90’s as a long time 1st grade teacher. She took over the books and billing of the ranch over 20 years ago. Jan and Charlotte have two sons, Van and Kirk. Kirk works in the oil and gas industry in College Station, Texas.