Clarence Hall Jr.

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Hall Jr., Clarence A. San Antonio, Texas- Clarence A. Hall, Jr., friend, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, and raconteur who spent his retired years commuting between San Antonio, Yount-ville, California, and Plano, Texas, died of natural causes on January 15, 2011, at his home in San Antonio. He was 73. Born May 29, 1937 to Clarence A. Hall, Sr. ("C.A.") and Blanche Marie (Anderson) Hall, Clarence was variously known to friends and family as J.R., Cecil, C.A., Clarence, the Big C, Dad and Grandpa C. An avid sportsman, Clarence golfed and bowled up to five days a week up to the end of his time here. As a youth, Clarence was an avid baseball player and P.I.L. Golden Ball basketball player in Portland, Oregon. Clarence graduated from Portland's Thomas Jefferson High School in 1955. Travel and experiencing other cultures interested Clarence from a young age, especially after he traveled with his Father, C.A., through Central and South America in the 1940s. After high school and four years of active duty in the United States Air Force (stationed in Okinawa, Korea and Mountain Home A.F.B.), Clarence followed in his Father's footsteps by attending and completing architecture school, at the University of Oregon, and becoming a licensed architect. While at the University of Oregon, Clarence met and, subsequently, married Judith C. (Pengra) Hall. Together, they had two boys, Jeffrey and Richard. After joining the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), where he was employed in the Engineering Division, Clarence and Judie began and raised their family in Oakland, California, Atlanta, Georgia, several locales in West Germany, San Antonio and Arlington, Texas. It was in Arlington that Clarence became the ultimate youth coach, whether the sport was one he had played and was therefore more familiar (baseball, basketball) - or one that he adopted in its infancy in Texas (soccer). The teams Clarence coached were always quite successful - his soccer Superstars were consistently Arlington Soccer Association boys' age group champions and produced a number of all-district and college athletes. More importantly, Clarence helped parents produce good citizens, college graduates and contributors to society. In the mid-1980s, Clarence seized the opportunity to continue his AAFES career with a second tour in West Germany. During that second tour, Clarence resided in Munich with his son Jeff, hosting, entertaining and acting as tour guide to a vast array of young people, family and friends from his pad in the Bogenhausen district of Munich. In the late 1980s, he returned to the Dallas area where he retired from Headquarters AAFES in 1989. Thereafter, Clarence worked on his skiing and golf game in Utah, Colorado, Lake Tahoe and Santa Cruz, California (among other places). After a brief sojourn back in Munich in the early 1990s with his son Richard, he established residences in Arlington and Duncanville, Texas, Reno, Nevada, Portland and, ultimately, back in San Antonio. Wherever he resided, Clarence was blessed with more wonderful friends than any one man could ever hope for. Clarence is survived by his sisters, Audrey Seto and Brenda Wilkinson, sons, Jeffrey and Richard, his grandchildren, Brendan, Olivia, Lucie and Alexander, nieces, Kimberly Seto and Christine Miller, brother-in-law Bud Wilkinson, daughters-in-law Kristin and Rachel, cousins and innumerable friends. A Memorial Service for Clarence will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, January 28, 2011, at St. Matthews United Methodist Church, 2738 E. Bitters Road, San Antonio, Texas 78217. Ultimately, Clarence's mortal remains will reside in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon. Clarence's Family asks that any memorials be made to the .



Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 23, 2011
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