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Paul Clary III Obituary
Paul Dennis Clary III, D.V.M. Born 8/26/34, in Arcata, CA, to Ruth M. O'Kelly Clary, a teacher and Paul Dennis Clary, Jr., a chemist. He met his best friend, Rich Casarotti in 8th grade. In high school, he learned to fly a plane, and fixed up a Model A Ford. Paul played football and was MVP his senior year. He attended UC Davis where he played football for 3 years. In 1954, he met Alice Anne Klare, the love of his life. He joined the Army, as a Radar Repairman. He and Alice married 8/19/56. After the Army, Paul attended SRJC, and Christie was born. He attended Veterinary School at UC Davis and Paul IV and Carolyn were born. After graduation, Colleen was born. Paul and Alice bought Balboa Pet Hospital in San Francisco (which they continue to own) and a home in Terra Linda. Paul was an adventurer: a licensed pilot, flying since age 15 and proud owner of a 1947 Aeronca Champion, motorcyclist and certified scuba diver. The family took summer vacations; camping, backpacking, and exploring National Parks, etc. This family tradition continues. He loved Ireland, tracing his family roots in Co. Kerry. He loved to work on the Klare Family ranch in Somerset, CA. He planted an orchard on his and Alice's piece of the property. He built a barn, with the help of his family and a home in 2009. He loved to be up there, on his tractor, ATV, and working the property. He was a generous, hardworking, brave, faithful man, admired and adored by all. He loved to laugh and play with his grandchildren. He survived polio as a child. His heart disease began at age 43 but he never gave up. Most recently a Left Ventricular Assist Device was placed in early 2010. He was grateful for the additional time.He died unexpectedly on 3/17/11, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Alice; children: Christie, Paul, Carolyn (David Macy) and Colleen; grandchildren: Alanna (fianc Patrick Wheatley), Shannon, Darci, Mathew Luce; Patrick, Liana, Christopher, Olivia Clary; Xavier, Drew, Violet Macy; Ben, Kyra, David Swerrie, Marcos Herrera; great-grandchildren: Lauro, Layla Moura. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother David. He is also survived by his two sisters, Ruth Ann Carter and Beverly Burger, many nieces and nephews and the large extended Clary and Temple families of Santa Rosa. The family would like acknowledge the exceptional care given by Dr. David Sperling, Paul's longtime physician, and the LVAD team at CPMC. A huge hole has been left in the world with his departing and we know his love lives on in all of us. TTFN. We will be together again and look forward to Paul's embrace. Funeral Mass at St. Isabella's (1 Trinity Drive, San Rafael, CA) Tuesday, 3/22/11 at 3:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to: Haynes Cardiovascular Institute, Attn: Dr. David Sperling, Marin General Hospital, 250 Bon Air Rd, Greenbrae, CA 94904.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 20, 2011
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