Clarence Pritchard

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Clarence Roger Pritchard, 85, of Yucca Valley, Calif., died July 19, 2000.

He was born Sept. 14, 1914, to Fanny Robinson and John Pritchard in Los Angeles, Calif. His father immigrated from Wales, his mother from Canada, where her parents had immigrated from Ireland. He attended Horace Mann Junior High and graduated from Washington High School in Los Angeles.

Mr. Pritchard worked for Lockheed for 30 years as a machinist at the Burbank, Calif. plant, and then as chief of the gun crew on experimental planes at Palmdale, Calif. Later he transferred to Vandenberg Air Force Base, where he worked as a missile technician.

He served in the Navy Air Force as a turret gunner.

After retirement from Lockheed, Mr. Pritchard lived in Bullhead City, Ariz. for 10 years and worked in real estate and for the school district. He then moved to Payson, where he lived for 19 years. He and his wife, Merrijane, moved to Yucca Valley in October 1999.

Mr. Pritchard was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 70 of Payson, a member of El Zaribah Shrine Temple in Phoenix and a member of the Hi-Desert Shrine Club. He also was a member of the Yucca Valley Methodist Church.

Survivors includes his wife of 39 years, Merrijane Pritchard; two daughters, Eve Laswell of San Clemente, Calif. and Jo Mysinger of Boise, Idaho; 9 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one son, Clarence Roger Pritchard Jr, who was killed in Vietnam, and one daughter, Nina Lee Wilson.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Yucca Valley Methodist Church.

Interment will be at 2 p.m., Aug. 7 at Lompoc Cemetery in California.

Donations may be made to Yucca Valley Methodist Church for a Leaf on its memorial tree.

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