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Patricia "Patty" McClaran

1931 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Patricia "Patty" McClaran Obituary
Carmel, CA – Patricia "Patty" McClaran died peacefully in her sleep late Thursday evening, August 14, 2014, after a yearlong illness. She was 83. Patty, along with her identical twin sister, Ann, was born February 7, 1931 in Washington, D.C., to Rear Admiral John Walter (USN) and Stephana McClaran. They grew up in Honolulu, HI, where they attended Punahou School, and later lived in Santa Barbara, where they graduated from Laguna Blanca School and attended UCSB. An avid lover of horses, Patty spent her childhood riding her triple gaited quarter horse, Good Companion, through the Southern California hills. She also shared childhood memories of learning to surf on Waikiki Beach, combing for shells in the Florida Keys, walking to school in Coronado and playing tennis, an activity she enjoyed through adulthood, playing at several athletic clubs in Northern California.
A resident of Orinda, California for more than 25 years, Patty provided a supportive and loving home environment for her four children. In later years, Ms. McClaran was active in retail management throughout California. She was a manager for the Books, Inc. chain in San Francisco and Carmel and she was also responsible for revamping and directing the Museum Store for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. In her spare time she enjoyed pottery and art, working out at the Mission Ranch, and trips to London, Paris and New York with members of her family. When at home, Patty loved cooking, staying current with politics and was always in the middle of a good book.
Patty was described by friends and family as the epitome of grace and courage – especially during her difficult final year. Even in the face of her darkest days, she maintained an incredible sense of humor and humility. Her spirit of kindness had a unique and profoundly positive influence on all those around her.
Ms. McClaran was preceded in death by her half-sister, Lt. Jane Cassedy and her half-brother, Col. William Cassedy. She is survived by her brother, Commander Stephen McClaran of Chapel Hill, NC and her sister, Ann Brown Hart of Sheridan, WY. She will also be greatly missed by her children: Paul (Misty) Dini of Burbank, CA, Bruce (Elizabeth) Dini of Carmel, CA, Jane (Robert "Skip" Smith) Dini-Smith Ph.D., of Grosse Pointe, MI, and Stephen (Lisa) Dini of Mill Valley, CA; her grandchildren, Caitlin and Matthew Dini, Peter Smith, and Anne and Louisa Dini; and cherished nephews and nieces.
The family is planning a memorial service and celebration of life to be held in San Francisco on Sunday, September 14, 2014. They ask that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the .
Arrangements are by Mission Mortuary of Monterey. To offer online condolences, please visit www.missionmortuary.com.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Aug. 21, 2014
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