Donald Guy Clancy Don passed away March 6, 2014. He was the son of Guy and Esther Clancy, born June 22, 1930, in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from South High school. He learned to work hard, very early in life. His work ethic lasted his entire life. He was gifted with a beautiful voice and sang with a boys' choir in Denver and later with church choirs. He attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, to become a Teacher. However after 3 years, the Korean War came along and changed his life. He joined the Navy and served as a combat air crew man, flying mostly off the U.S.S. Princeton. After his discharge he returned to UNC to finish his education. There he met his future wife. They were married in Denver on December 23, 1955. Don finished his degree doing his student teaching in Englewood, CO and continued on as a Science and Math teacher. He loved sports so became a wrestling and cross country track coach. A big part of his life involved helping young people. He continued on with his education and received his Master's Degree from the University of Denver. He moved into administration at Arapahoe Junior College and the Community College of Denver which was just being formed. Don's three children were born in Colorado. On his 40th birthday, he moved his family, cat and dog and all his belongings in a rental truck to accept a Job as Director of Admissions at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. Continuing his love of sports he became faculty representative for HSU in the Far Western Conference. He retired form Humboldt in 1990, to rest but was soon volunteering and went to work for the Private Industry Council and then bought Rehabilitation Professionals of Eureka, where he worked helping injured workers until he was really ready to retire. But by that time, after working hard all of his life, he had no desire to travel or play. His physical condition kept him pretty much at home except for doing some shopping for his wife, which he enjoyed. He loved talking to his old buddies on the phone, watching the birds and talking to his dog. He wanted a quiet life.Don leaves behind his wife Deborah, of 58 years, his daughter Mary Schertel (Eric) children, Emily and Rainer living in Ohio. His son Patrick (Cindy) children Josey and Jack living in McKinleyville. His deceased son Timothy (Kathy) and children Thomas and Adam and also an older son Kyle Benson (Salina) all living in San Diego. He also has an older sister Virginia Powers and son Clayton, in Aurora, Colorado and his Aunt Vina Clancy and family in Nebraska where his parents came from. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary's Church in Arcata on April 12th. Contributions may be offered in Don's name to St. Mary's Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars and local animal shelters. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obituaries.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Mar. 19 to Mar. 23, 2014