Clarence "Red" Hare, 86, died November 2, 2003, at his home.
Clarence Raymond Hare was born November 14, 1916, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, to Charles H. Hare and Christina Schenburger. As a child and young man he had vivid red hair, which earned him the nickname he would be known by for the rest of his life, "Red." Red grew up in Lodi, California and San Francisco; his membership in the San Francisco Boys Club provided some of his fondest childhood memories.
He married Lucille Henry on October 10, 1942 before departing soon after in December of that year to the South Pacific with the Navy Seabees, where he served until the end of World War II aboard the Floating Dry Dock USS ABSD1. As a Seabee he contributed to winning the war as part of a team which provided repair to battle-damaged naval vessels. He enjoyed telling stories of his military service and sharing some of his favorite mementos from that time, including a certificate he and his fellow Seabees were presented upon crossing the equator.
Following the war Red lived with his wife and their daughter in Arcadia, California until 1951 when they relocated to Ukiah, California. In Ukiah he worked as a supervisor at Masonite Corporation, retiring in 1973. Red was also active in their community, serving as president of the Ukiah Men's Golf Club and assisting Lucille in running a swim school out of their home during the summers.
Red and Lucille moved to Brookings, Oregon in 1989, where he enjoyed fishing, woodworking in his shop, and going on cross-country trips with Lucille in their motorhome, a grandchild or great-grandchild often in tow.
He had a witty, sharp sense of humor, and valued honesty, dependability, hard work, and the pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship. Though rough around the edges, Red's loyalty to and affection for his family and friends were strong. His wife Lucille survives him, as well as his daughter, Christine McCord; grandchildren Adam Colby, Audrey Ortez and Brook McCord; great-grandchildren Lenae and Casey Colby, and Ryan Ortez.
This My Tribute was created by Lenae (Colby) Ross Maryland.