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Clarence "Cully" Cullimore


04/12/1926 - 04/20/2014 Obituary
Clarence "Cully" Cullimore Obituary
Clarence "Cully" Cullimore, architect AIA, passed away peacefully with family at his bedside April 20, 2014, Easter Sunday, at age 88. His family is grateful he suffered no loss of acuity or comprehension before going home to his Lord.
Born in Bakersfield April 12, 1926 to teacher, author Clarence Cullimore Sr., architect FAIA, and teacher Rosemary Cullimore, he attended Roosevelt, Emerson Junior High, and Bakersfield Union High School where he cultivated lifelong friendships.Cully enlisted in the US Navy during WWII. He married first wife, Melba Frances "Mike" Cullers, in 1945, in Memphis, TN, during the war. He and Mike raised 5 children and lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Mateo, Bakersfield, Sacramento, and Stockton, CA.
After WWII, Cully graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Architecture. He was employed by architectural firm of Ernest Kumph in San Francisco and became a licensed California architect. He practiced in San Mateo and Bakersfield. A career architect, Cully worked 27 years for the State of California, in Sacramento, with a 3-year stint as Director of Building Safety for the City of Stockton 1972-1974.
In 1987, Cully married beloved 2nd wife and soulmate, Lillian Louise Sciaraffa.They lived in Davis CA until he and LIlly retired and moved to Bakersfield where they lived in his 1st childhood home. Cully and Lilly enjoyed travel in the US and abroad; they visited: Tahiti, England, Ireland, Costa Rica, the Carribbean, Panama, Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.
In 2010 Cully was awarded the California Preservation Foundation's President's Award for his work over the 15 years he served as Executive Director of the State Historical Building Advisory Board and his relentless efforts since 1976 to develop and implement the 'California State Historical Building Code'.The code now applies to all qualified historical properties in California.
Cully was active in 20-30 Club in Bakersfield and Sacramento and volunteered in scouting with his sons. A member of the Sacramento Yacht Club from 1967 until his death, he served as commodore, designed the current SYC clubhouse in West Sacramento, and was active in Sea Scout ship, Trident, with his children.
After retirement and return to Bakersfield, Cully served 4 years on the Bakersfield Historical Preservation Commission. He and Lillian were active in Son's in Retirement, Petroleum Production Pioneers, Retired Public Employees Association of California (RPEA), and last summer Cully helped organize the 70th high school reunion for his graduating class of 1943
Cully was pre-deceased by: his father, Clarence Cullimore Sr.; mother, Rosemary Thelen Cullimore; 1st wife, Melba Frances "Mike" Cullers; youngest son, Noel Timothy "Tim" Cullimore; and his beloved 2nd wife, Lillian L. Cullimore.
Cully is survived by: his sister, Joanne Cullimore O.P.; step-daughter, Deanna "Dee" Sciaraffa of Huntington Beach, CA; son, Clarence Cullimore (III) Mercer of Mt. Angel, OR; son, Michael Cullimore of Hagatna, Guam; son, Sean of Novato, CA; and daughter, Holliday Cullimore of Vallejo, CA; 8 grandchildren and by 4 great-grandchildren: and his 15 year-old Bichon Frise, Peppy. Cully lived and loved his full life with style. His humor and compassionate heart will be missed by all who knew him.
Family and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass at St Francis of Assissi Church, in Bakersfield, 9AM Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Commital will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on June 10, 2014
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