Dr. Romain P. Clerou(1914 - 2012)

Dr. Romain P. Clerou February 10, 1914 - November 20, 2012 Dr. Romain Pierre Clerou, age 98, was born in Bakersfield and was part of a large pioneer Kern County family. He was the 5th of 8 children born to Louis and Lucie Clerou who came to Bakersfield from France over 100 years ago. With roots on the East side, his family was part of the immigrant community who helped create the business and agricultural future of Kern County. Romain attended Kern County Union High School, Bakersfield Junior College, The University of California at Berkeley and Creighton Medical School. He served in the Navy during WW11 before setting up his medical practice in 1946. He was a compassionate physician who practiced for over 65 years. He delivered thousands of babies, performed countless surgeries, and was available, day and night, whenever his patients needed him. A powerful athlete, he played many different sports in high school and also played football for the Bakersfield College Renegades. He became a consummate lover of golf which he continued to play until a year before he died. His children recall a loving Dad who encouraged them to work hard and have the courage of their convictions. He was a man of the people, tolerated no bigotry, and welcomed all who needed medical care or a warm meal. He is predeceased by his adoring wife of 47 years, Agnes, and is survived by his long-time companion, Mrs. Mayie Maitia and her family, his 6 children: Michele McEvoy (Larry), Julie Riegel, Suzette Clerou, Cecile Clerou, Claire Clerou, and Romain Clerou, his 5 grandchildren: Mollie McEvoy, Benjamin Berk, Anna Berk, Romain Clerou, Clement Clerou, and great granddaughter, Sierra Dias MacEvoy. His grandson, Matthew McEvoy, passed away in 2004. The family gives special thanks to Dr. Mark Root, Dr. Ed Nichols, Around the Clock Care, and to his constant friend and caregiver, Rongs Vakalutukali, for helping him take a final victory lap. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 28, from 1 pm-8 pm at Mission Family Mortuary, 531 California Avenue in Bakersfield. A rosary will be held on Thursday, November 29th at 11:00 am, followed by a funeral Mass at 11:30 am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 900 H Street, in Bakersfield. His pallbearers will be his nephew, George Barnett, Jr., his niece, Nancy Freeman Ulbrich, his great friend, Gerry Collis, and his six grandchildren.Donations in his memory may be made to Mercy Hospital, Bakersfield College Athletic Foundation, or to St. Francis Catholic Church. www.bakersfield.com/obits

Funeral Home

Mission Family Mortuary
531 California Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93304
(661) 323-3339

Published in Bakersfield Californian from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29, 2012