Clarence "Larry" Alvarez
July 4, 1935 – May 9, 2018
CLARENCE ALVAREZ "LARRY"
July 4, 1935--May 9, 2018
Clarence Alvarez, went by the name of "Larry" passed away to his heavenly home on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the age of 82. He was born July 4, 1935 in Fresno, California to Nancy and Nick Alvarez.
He is predeceased by his parents and brother Nick.
Larry is survived by his wife Gloria who he loved very much and his brothers and sisters Geraldo, and Monty with his wife Alison, and Maria (Sugar) Knizevski and husband Robert. His children Larry and granddaughter Laura, Nick and Lisa, Raul C. Herrera and wife Mariya and grandchildren Elmira, Susanna, and Arman and Timothy Herrera and his wife Rosa and grandchildren, Sylvina and Joaquin, Rick Herrera (preceded) and wife Marina and grandchildren Richard and Jonathan, and Christi Grijalva and husband John. Niece and Nephews; Christina Gomez, Anthony, Arthur and wife Judith and Alan Sr. and wife Diane. "Larry" served in the U.S. Air Force and fought in the Korean War. His time in the Air Force made him realize how valuable an education was and with that, decided to return to school when he got out of the air Force. In 1958 he earned an AA in Electronic Technology at Fresno City College and been with PG&E for almost 30 years, starting as a ditch digger and working up to Senior Substation Electrical Design Engineer. In 1985, he earned a BS in Human Relations. In 1989, he earned a Master's degree in School Counseling at Fresno State and a Teaching Credential in 1992. In 1994, he earned his second Master's degree in Administration and Supervision. He altruistically dedicated his extra time and energy volunteering to continue to support students with their academic pursuits, but all good counselors know that academics are not the only areas that students need support with. He wanted to make a difference with students and that is what he did. Everywhere he went there was always a student who remembered him with fond memories. Larry loved people and enjoyed engaging in conversation with everyone from close friends to newly met strangers, who never remained strangers for long. His enthusiasm and love will be remembered by all whose lives he touched.
Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Monday, May 21,2018, from 4-7:00 pm and Rosary at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 10:00 am in Fresno, California. Interment will be at Belmont Memorial Park. The family would like to offer sincere appreciation to the staff at Saint Agnes Hospital, whose compassionate care made his days comfortable and peaceful.
In lieu of flowers, donations honoring Clarence "Larry" may be written out to Sunnyside High School Attn: Christi Grijalva for either Travel Cats or Criminology & Behavioral Sciences AVID.
- Visitation Monday, May 21, 2018
- Recitation of the Holy Rosary Monday, May 21, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Clarence "Larry" Alvarez
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May 21, 2018
May 21, 2018
I knew Larry as Mr. Alvarez. I met him 18 years ago because I started dating one of his students, Bridget Palomino. About 22 years ago, Bridget was sitting in the office at Roosevelt High School getting ready to come in as a freshman transfer. Bridget, at the time, was a troubled kid with bad grades and no direction for her life. That day Mr. Alvarez saw her in the office looking confused and said “What are you doing fool!”:). This is the way he spoke to all the kids to make them feel comfortable with him. Bridget started to have a conversation with him and he realized this student needed more guidance than the average student. From that day forward he mentored her and did so much more for her. Without him my wife, Bridget, would have never became the success she is today. Bridget loved him like a father. When we had our daughter Alana, he became her Godfather. He is and will always be a very special man to our family. We love you Larry. You will live forever in our hearts and memories. Icons never die. They live forever.
Anthony (Pooh Bear) Lopez
May 21, 2018
Mr. Alvarez was a beloved person during my years at Roosevelt HS. At first he was not my counseler but his door was open for me and any of the kids especially from that came from the neighborhoods around Roosevelt we were not RSA students and we had our problems but it seemed he tried a little harder with us him and I would take a walk around the outside of the school and talk it was personal not just another student in line to check grades when I got "kicked outta" RHS. It was him that helped me get into a home studies. Class and told me to work hard and I can walk with my class. I did work hard caught up and was done be for graduation but unfortunatly the powers that be would not let me Walk with RHS so I was like thanks any ways. He got a hold of a continuation class graduating he told me your mom and family needs to see you walk across that stage u worked hard. And that I need to know what it feels like to walk across. That stage and receive my diploma. I did. Thank you Mr Alvarez you are a great man that helped many. You will be missed. Because you looked at us like people with a future . Not bad kids with no direction who your housing for 8 hrs at school. Again my condolences to his family and friends and the many students he helped like me .
May 20, 2018
The best school counselor I have had the pleasure of knowing, and a Chicano role model as a professional and educator. His best attribute is his humanitarian legacy that he leaves to us. He will be greatly missed.
May 16, 2018
To Gloria, Christi & John, and all the Alvarez Family...My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time! May your memories of Mr. Larry help fill the void in your hearts! I remember "Mr. Larry" as one of the most genuine staff members on the high school campus. He truly cared for all of the students and staff. Every time he entered my classroom, the students always cried out, "Mr. Larry!" He always had a kind word or two for them! He cared so much for the students in Parlier that you would always catch him buying them something to eat when they were hungry or "lending" them a dollar so they could buy themselves a drink. The funny thing was is that he never hesitated to "loan" out his last dollar when he knew full well that he was never going to be repaid for his generosity. Mr. Larry was truly one of a kind!! Blessings to you and your family and thank you all for sharing your awesome husband, dad, father-in-law...! He was truly loved!
May 14, 2018
May 11, 2018
Christi was my AVID Teacher in High School, I still remember the day her Dad came into class to share his wisdom. He had this comforting and welcoming look in his eyes. He shared stories of struggle, importance of educations, living and enjoying the life we are blessed with. He made funny jokes and gave a dollar if you answered his questions correctly. A firecracker was only a half of his personality. Mr. Alvarez, thank you for the life you helped give Christi, without that woman I would truly be in a horrible place. Thank you for the smiles you shared and small/short memories I have with you.
May 11, 2018
I remember my freshman year at Roosevelt always seeing this old man surrounded by students and thinking who is he and why is everyone always talking to him. So I walked up to him and was quiet listening to everyone's conversations with him when he asked me, "Hi mija who is your counselor?" I said, "What I don't have a counselor I don't have any problems!!!" He chuckled and said, "No mija, your guidance counselor." He then explained his role and sent me to Mrs Castaneda in the office to switch him to be my counselor. From that moment he never let me stray kept me on track had me join every political class and club available and said, "You're the daughter I've always wanted. This homegirl always defending her homies is going to be something great!" When I spoke to him this January he cried and told me how proud he was of me even if I wasn't that lawyer I wanted to be I atleast came back home to help the kids at my school like he knew I wanted to do. My heart breaks to not have had the privilege of seeing him 1 last time but I am comforted with the 3 hour conversation we had and I had the chance to tell him what an impact he made in my life. May I see you in heaven one day and give you that hug one more time.