With great sadness, the family of Clyde Caya informs of his passing on October 3, 2021 at the age of 81. Our beloved, husband, father, and grandfather passed from this life at his home in Lodi surrounded by his family. The family had great confidence that he has been released to our heavenly father and to those who have passed before him.
Clyde Caya was born on January 23, 1940 in Alameda, California to Alfred and Susie Caya. He grew up in Redwood City, California with his brother Edward Caya and graduated from Sequoia High School with the class of 1958. Clyde took classes at the College of San Mateo and served in the United States Navy between 1957 and 1963. In the Navy Clyde served as an aviation machinist. Clyde was married in April of 1962 to Sue Caya (Tharp) at the First United Methodist Church of Redwood City. Clyde and Sue have two sons, Shane and David.
Clyde loved aviation and spent many hours at the Columbia Airport checking out airplanes and talking to the CDF air attack pilots. Clyde was an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants, the 49ers, Sonora Wildcats, and the Lodi Flames.
Clyde worked for 28 years for the United States Postal Service as a carrier and made many lifelong friends while delivering his route in Redwood City, as well as in Sonora. Clyde lived in Sonora, California from the late 1970's until the early 2000's. While in Sonora he was a member of the United Methodist Men and Kiwanis. He was a docent at Columbia State Park, and also delivered Meals on Wheels. After moving to Lodi, California, Clyde became a member of the Lodi Police Partners, helped with the Lodi High School freshman football team, and was at all Lodi High School home wrestling matches.
Clyde was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brother. He leaves behind his loving wife of 60 years, as well as, son Shane Caya (Heather) of Larkspur, California and son David Caya (Lisa) of Lodi. Clyde had five grandchildren that he adored; Emelia Blonkenfeld, and Simona Blonkenfeld, Shelby Caya, Carson Caya, Emily Dipiero.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 16, at the First United Methodist Church of Lodi, 200 W. Oak Street, Lodi at 1 PM.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Partners volunteers of the Lodi Police Department.
Published by Lodi-News Sentinel from Oct. 13 to Oct. 19, 2021.