Clarence Black, 81, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016 in Glendale, Ariz.
Born in Albuquerque, he was a graduate of Albuquerque High. Clarence was a navigator in the Air Force serving in Vietnam and retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1981. He worked as an engineer for McDonnell Douglas until his second retirement; since then his home had been in Peoria, Ariz. Clarence had many loves. He was a volunteer carpenter for Habitat for Humanity and Peoria Theater Works. He was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus at St. Charles Borromeo in Peoria, Ariz. He served as a tennis referee for the USTA and as treasurer of his homeowners association. He volunteered for St. Vincent de Paul food bank in East St Louis, Ill. Gloria always said that his favorite job was one for which he wasn't paid. Clarence was a proud father and grandfather and loved to brag about his family to anyone who would listen. His greatest love was Gloria, his wife of 60 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Teresa, nee Baca, Black; his siblings, Joe Black, Vera Baca, Agnes Pena, and Rose Wara; and his in-laws, Antonio and Lily Trujillo.
Surviving are his wife, Gloria; his children, Clarice Williams and husband Bobby, David Black, Sidney Koch and husband Ron, Eric Black and partner Dan Schiefen, Vincent Black and wife Carolyn; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his siblings, Santiago Black and Helen, Terrie Baca, Fran Carillo, and Pat Esterly; and his sisters-in-law, Zelma Kolch and Angie Black.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to
Services: A rosary will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 8615 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, Ariz., with a 10 a.m. Mass. A reception at the church will follow the Mass. Internment will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, Ariz. Friends and relatives invited.
HERITAGE FUNERAL CHAPEL, Peoria, Ariz.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 29, 2016