Clarence Junior Ervin (CJ) age 79 passed away on Monday August 5th 2013 at home in Hoermannsdorf Germany after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born April 12th 1934 in Keota, Oklahoma. He is preceded in death by his parents Clem and Eula Ervin, a brother Dean Ervin, and a sister Helen Thomas; as the oldest of his siblings, he is survived by one sister Lois Parmalee of Lakeview, Oregon and four brothers: Charles Ervin of Strathmore, Dale Ervin of Porterville, Joe Ervin of Kingsburg, and Jim Ervin of Visalia.
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Clarence lived basically all but the last three years of his adult life in the Porterville area. He retired from Southern Pacific Railroad and is a member of the local Masonic Lodge.
The last three years of his life were spent in Hohenfels, Germany with his daughter Carolyn. Where he was an avid supporter of the soldiers down range and their families. Even while fighting cancer during the last eight months of his life his first thought at each hospitalization were for his pen and notebook to write his weekly letter. Through his dedication to those soldiers downrange he received a US flag flown during two missions in Afghanistan. For his volunteer work at the Hohenfels Thrift Shop, Clarence was recognized as the Volunteer of the Quarter.
He is survived by: his wife Bobbye Ervin, daughters Carolyn Sellers of Hoermannsdorf Germany and Cathy Huff of Visalia, son Rick Ervin of Mesa Arizona, and stepdaughter Fran Bayes of Porterville, 13 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
Clarence is known for his quirky sense of humor, his entrepreneurship, and his ability of having never met a stranger. A Memorial Service/ Celebration of Life will be held at the Strathmore Memorial Building, 23124 Ave. 196, Strathmore, on Saturday August 17th at 12 pm. In lieu of flowers a donation in Clarence Ervin's name are suggested for the Wounded Warrior Project; www.WoundedWarriorProject.org.
Published in The Porterville Recorder on Aug. 15, 2013