Calvin D. McCarley, 1934-2011


Calvin D. McCarley died on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. He was 76 years old. Courtesy photo.



Calvin D. McCarley, a longtime Lower Lake resident and businessman in the Lower Lake and Clearlake communities, died peacefully at his home on Feb. 22, 2011.

Cal was born in Oklahoma on September 28, 1934.

He served in the U.S. Navy 1951 to 1955 aboard the USS Quincy CA71 during the Korean War.

Cal moved to Lake County in 1963. Cal owned and operated two propane companies in Clearlake and Lower Lake over a span of 40 years. He also owned and operated a walnut orchard in Lower Lake.

During this time Cal was instrumental in the organization and opening of Lake Savings & Loan in Lakeport and served on its board of directors. After the sale of Lake Savings & Loan Cal was asked to join the board of directors of Clear Lake National Bank/First Counties Bank in Clearlake where he also served on the bank’s loan committee.

Cal was very active in his community throughout his adult life having served as Master of the Clear Lake/Callayomi Masonic Lodge No. 183, member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, member of the AAHMES Shrine Temple and the Lake County Shrine Club.

He also served as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Clear Lake and the Rotary Club of Clear Lake. Cal was a life member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion. He was instrumental in starting youth football in Lower Lake. Cal also served as a Lower Lake Fire Commissioner and on the Lake County Planning Commission.

In his spare time Cal loved to play golf with his friends. On Friday the 13th, November 1992, Cal achieved every golfer’s dream of scoring a hole-in-one. He did this on hole number seven at Hoberg’s Golf Course on Cobb Mountain.

During his early years in Lake County Cal coached Little League Baseball and sponsored a Little League Team. He was also the announcer for the Lower Lake High School football games.

One of Cal’s proudest achievements was his idea and successful completion of the new athletic field at Lower Lake High School. Over a period of several years Cal organized and planned dozens of weekend work projects utilizing the talents and volunteer help of many local businesses, organizations and individuals to complete what is now one of the finest athletic fields in Lake County.

He accomplished this without any funding from the school district. When the field was near completion, with Cal’s prodding, the Konocti School District was able to secure the funding for the lighting.

Cal is survived by his loving wife Irene and his three children: Patricia McCarley of Rancho Cordova, CA; Chuck (Rose) McCarley of Middletown, CA; Darlene (Steve) Crumbo, of Vacaville, CA. Grandchildren: Nicholas Crumbo; Christopher, Joseph, and Samantha McCarley. Stepchildren: Pamela (Mark) Menges of San Rafael; Steve S. (Lori) Brown of Nice, CA; Angela (Vince) Siefe of Lompoc, CA; Kelli Brown-Knipping of Lakeport, CA; and Diana (Joe) Masuen of Watsonville, CA. Stepgrandchildren: Nikol and Danae Deccanier; Andriana, Alexandra and Christopher Siefe; Sydnee and Peyton Masuen; Taylor and Paige Woodruff; and Bill (Tanya) Buckmaster. Brother: Willis (Vera) McCarley of Sacramento, CA. Sisters: Daisy Kuhns of El Monte, CA; and Juanita Solgat of Woodland, CA.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held at the Masonic Lodge located at 7100 South Center Drive, Clearlake, CA on Saturday March 19, 2011 at 11 a.m. Everyone who knew Cal and Irene is invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, please mail a donation to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305 or Hospice Services of Lake County, 1717 S. Main St., Lakeport, CA 95453.

The McCarley family would like to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Lake County Hospice Nurses and staff for all their wonderful care.

Arrangements entrusted to Jones & Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel, Lower Lake, 707-994-6417, .