Gordon Henry Loyd February 19, 1921 - June 13, 2014 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Gordon Henry Loyd. Gordon passed away at the Fresno Veteran's Hospital after 93 amazing years of life. Gordon was born on February 19, 1921 to Clarice Vera Pace and James Everett Loyd in Springdale, Arkansas. Soon after, the family moved to California and settled in Selma, where he and his two brothers Wendy and Harold and two sisters Loral and Leila were raised. Gordon graduated from Selma High School in 1939. An injury in his final football game for the Selma Bears prevented him from attending college. Early in his working life he worked in general construction for P.G.& E., became a fireman for the City of Selma, and for a short time owned a grocery store. With great pride he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. Assigned to the Medical Corp School, Gordon became what would be his trade for the rest of his life, a Dental Technician. The Army taught Gordon skills that he shared with many others. In 1946, introduced by his best friend and future brother-in-law, Gordon met and married Clarice Cora Brown, they moved to Hanford and established Hanford Dental Lab. Gordon's civic, business and family ties to the community were strong. An avid outdoorsman, he rarely missed hunting season. He loved to hunt and horseback ride into the high Sierras. He and his family enjoyed the coast and the ocean. He spent much of his time mining and prospecting. He became interested in jewelry and clocks. He spent a great deal of time on inventions and patents. In the mid-1960s he patented the inflatable structure for tents that are now common in sporting catalogs. But more than anything else he loved his family In 1973 the family moved to Visalia and in 1976 he retired and began the next stage of his life. Gordon entered into a very active retirement. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were everything to this kind and loving man. In the mid 1990's Gordon & Clarice returned to Selma where they spent their remaining years. Gordon is survived by wife Clarice Loyd of 68 years, daughter Kathi Loyd-Smith of Selma, granddaughters, Erin Leigh Tatman and husband Joe; Megan Smith and granddaughter Vyvian. Son Craig Loyd and wife Susan, granddaughter Candace Carlson and husband Erik; great grandsons Henry and Charlie; granddaughter Allison Mary and grandson Gordon Philip; Survived also by daughter, Becky Loyd-Kelch, husband James Kelch of Visalia; granddaughter Ashleigh Kelch and longtime partner Patrick Nunes. Grandson Ryan and Jessie and their son James Kelch and grandson Jacob Nathaniel Kelch. A service will be held on Saturday, July 12th, 1:00 at the United Methodist Church, 1702 Cross St., Selma, Ca. Arrangements were made by the staff at Page Funeral Chapel, (559)896-1240, www.pagefuneralchapel.com. Remembrances may be made to AmVets, Wounded Warriors or American Legion.
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Page Funeral Chapel - Selma
2014 Arrants Street
Selma, CA 93662
Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on July 9, 2014