Francis “Gary” Clinite, 89, passed away Dec. 23, 2016, in Templeton, Calif.
Gary was born to Fay and Ted Clinite on Aug. 19, 1927, in Los Angeles. His childhood was spent playing football, baseball, active in DeMolay and Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
Gary attended Eagle Rock High until his dad passed away in his senior year. He quit high school to get a job and support the family, earning his diploma at night school.
In 1951, Gary joined the Naval Reserves, serving in the submarine division for the next eight years. He married Carolyn Agan in 1952, a girl he had known since he was 14 and she was 10.
Gary earned his living in construction until he started his career with the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1955, retiring in 1985. He and Carolyn purchased their first home in 1955 in Highland Park, Calif., later moving to La Crescenta in 1964.
Upon retirement in 1985, Gary and Carolyn moved to Escondido, and in 2000 moved to Paso Robles to be closer to some of the family. He raised his children with a love of boating, waterskiing and camping — something they all do to this day.
Gary will be remembered for his hard-working ethics, honesty, booming voice, big grin, hearty laugh and love of a good party/barbecue.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn; children Sharyn Malizia (John) of Atascadero, Gail Kerr of Santa Clarita, Mike Clinite (Janet) of Atascadero; five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Bono of Buffalo, N.Y.
His younger brother Curt Clinite passed away a week after Gary.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 14, 2017, at the Quail Run Clubhouse in Paso Robles. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the “Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund,” LAFRA, 7470 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90041, in memory of Gary Clinite.
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