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Claude McCombs


1932 - 2018
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Claude McCombs
Oct 19th, 1932- June 10th, 2018
Santa Cruz
Claude was born in San Jose and moved to Santa Cruz at age 1. He was raised at Pleasure Point on the corner of East Cliff and Manzanita where he and his brother fished, went clamming, and enjoyed the beach and ocean while growing up. Claude went to the Naval Academy in Lake Elsinore on a football scholarship out of Santa Cruz High School, and was then drafted into the Air Force where he tested B32s. After the service he worked with his father Erle in construction handling all aspects of commercial and residential construction from foundation to roof. He then joined the carpenters union focusing on finish carpentry where he worked all over the bay area. After retiring, he and his wife bought multiple properties that they remodeled and developed. He was known as the, "Mayor of Encinal St", after buying and developing multiple pieces of property, as well as building four wearhouses in the Costco area. In the latter chapter of his life what he had most pride in was the achievements and many friends he made in the small town of Chowchilla.
Claude was run over by a train on 41st Ave and had a forklift topple over on his leg, and yet came back stronger and more driven after each accident. He was active and strong into his 90's despite outworking all around him day in and day out for decades doing manual labor. His handshake was his signature and was steady right until the end. He will be remembered as the toughest of the tough, 200lbs of blue twisted steel, and the old grey fox. As strong as they come and smart as a whip. He was a perfectionist, determined, and did not suffer fools. Sharp, driven, and stubborn.
Claude is survived by his beloved wife Rose of 53 years. Son John, daughter Rebecca. Grandchildren Tasha, Chris and Jason. Great grandchildren Cole, Elle, and Scotland.


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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on June 17, 2018
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