Clarence William Green, 91, passed away on Good Friday, April 7, 2023 peacefully in his sleep to the open arms of our Lord.
Clarence was born on November 12, 1931 in Morenci, Michigan.
Clarence was residing at the Masonic Homes of California in Union City, CA when he passed. For decades prior, Clarence lived in Escalon, CA and later in Manteca, CA.
Clarence devoted his life to his wife, children, grandchildren, family, friends, and anyone in need of a helping hand or ride.
He held tight to his Christian faith. He loved being a Mason and member of the Order of Eastern Stars. Clarence was a past Worthy Patron as well as the Grand Representative to the State of Michigan from California.
Clarence is survived by his daughters, Julia Donovan and husband Sean of Sunnyvale, CA; Shari Green-White of Escalon, CA; Lola Jordan and her husband Larry of Blythewood, SC; his son Gene Green and his wife Lisa of Modesto, CA; his grandsons Brandon (wife Brandi) O’Hanley; Joshua (wife Dari), Garrett (wife Haily) and Ethan Green; his granddaughters Meagan Land (husband Matt), Sarah White and Madison Green, and his 11 great grandchildren.
Clarence is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Etta Green of almost 60 years of marriage; his parents Clarence Eugene and Winnifred Julia Green, his sister Betty; and brothers Jerry and John.
Clarence served in the Army and was a proud Korean War Veteran. While in the Army, he had the opportunity to meet Shirley Temple and General MacArthur and served in the National Honor Guard at the Arlington National Cemetery.
Clarence, as a member of the Army Corps of Engineers, drove a construction grader during the building of the Los Angeles flood channel, a 51-mile engineered water way to prevent flooding.
Clarence went on to work in Detroit’s auto industry before settling in Escalon where he became partners in the Beacon Service Station and then became owner of the Mobil Gas Station. Clarence’s service station offered the first self-serve pumps.
At the service stations, Clarence proved himself to be an excellent trustworthy mechanic and could fix any vehicle. Even after closing the Mobil Gas Station, every weekend Clarence had friends bring vehicles to his home for repair.
Clarence served as an Escalon police reserve to help serve and protect the community.
He was an avid traveler which truly was a passion. Clarence loved to travel by car, train, plane, or ship. He traveled to all 50 states including cruising to Alaska with fellow Escalonian friends. Clarence and Mary celebrated their 50th Golden Anniversary by cruising to the Caribbean.
While residing at the Masonic Home, one of his favorite activities was when his children would visit, take him out for lunch, and then take a scenic drive around the Bay Area.
Clarence’s family will announce services in the future.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Masonic Homes of California in Union City California.
The Escalon (Calif.) Times
April 19, 2023