Born: May 26, 1928
Died: July 22, 2014
May 26, 1928 - July 22, 2014
Clarence Bruce Hobson passed away on July 22, 2014 at his home in Redding, California. Clarence was born on May 26, 1928 in San Francisco, California to Edna and Ira Hobson of Mill Valley, California.
He attended Tamalpais High School, College of Marin and San Francisco State University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching credential. He completed additional graduate work at Chico State University. Clarence enlisted in the US Army in 1946. After completing his enlistment, he remained in military service in the reserves and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He then received a commission in the California Army National Guard as a 2nd Lt. He served in the Guard in excess of 28 years, retiring as Colonel in 1985.
Clarence came to Redding in 1952 when he was hired as a teacher at Sequoia School. He later taught at Bonnyview and became principal, in turn, at Juniper, Cypress, Sycamore and Manzanita schools, retiring in 1983.
He was active in athletics, lettering in baseball and basketball at Tamalpais High School. He played baseball at Marin Jr. College and then played semi-pro baseball for several years for the Muir Woods VFW team. He managed the Sequoia School baseball team for several years and a Babe Ruth league team for two years. He also officiated high school basketball games in Redding for over 15 years.
Clarence was active with many local service organizations. He was Worshipful Master of Redding Masonic Lodge #254 in 1970, Exalted Ruler of Redding Elks Lodge #1073 in 1990, and was State Vice President for North District for the California-Hawaii Elks Association. He later became the District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler in California's North District. He was named Elk of the year for the Redding Elks Lodge in 2012 and 2013. He was also a member of the Redding Host Lions Club and became District Governor of District 4-C1, which encompassed all Lion's clubs in 12 counties in Northern California.
He is also the recipient of two Melvin Jones Fellowships, the Lion's highest award.
In 1955 he married the love of his life Genevieve Hayes. They were married for 59 years. She passed away two months ago on May 16, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edna and Ira Hobson of Mill Valley and his sister Mildred Milani of Tiburon and later of Sonoma.
He is survived by his nephews Randy Voges (Patti) of Grants Pass, Oregon, and Mark Voges (Jamie) of Rocklin, California, great nephews Steven Voges of Eugene, Oregon, Bruce Voges (Ashlee) of Burns, Oregon, Ryan Voges (Holly) of Biloxi, Mississippi, and Spencer Voges of Rocklin, California and great-grand niece Ashlynn Voges and great-grand nephew Blake Voges.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11 am at the Redding Elks Lodge #1073, 250 Elk Drive, Redding, California.
Please sign the guestbook.
Arrangements handled through Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding (243-1525).