In Loving Memory of Clyde Lacey Calvin: 1934-2021


Clyde Lacey Calvin, 1934- 2021, passed away on Nov. 3, in Richmond, California, with his wife, Carol, by his side. He was born in Winlock, Washington, and grew up in Toledo, Washington, with his parents and three older sisters working on the family dairy farm, hunting and fishing, to include organizing various “snipe” hunting expeditions. He left Toledo to pursue a career in botany. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Washington State University then proceeded to Purdue where gained his master’s degree. He acquired his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. 

Clyde had a large family and vast circle of friends that he visited frequently and cared for deeply. He was very gregarious, insightful and always willing to assist and provide helpful advice to those in need. Clyde had a great sense of humor and loved to tell stories and have a good laugh. He also loved adventures, big and small. Throughout his life, he traveled extensively throughout the United States and exotic places such as Africa, the Middle East and Asia. 

He is preceded in death by his father, Clyde R. Calvin; mother, Ellen R. (McClanahan) Calvin; and sisters, Roberta (Calvin) Spencer and Jeanette (Calvin) Ward. He leaves behind his wife, Carol A. Wilson; sister, Elsie Calvin; four children, Stephen C. Calvin (Jane), Carolyn K. Calvin- Fennell (David), Christopher Rooper (Jennifer) and Jeremiah Rooper (Tammy); four grandchildren, Angela Pederson, Briana Weber, Ty Rooper and Jaya Calvin; as well as four great-grandchildren, Mia, Emmalee, Thomas and Cora; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. 

A celebration of life will be held at a later time. 

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