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Clarence Marion Bennett

December 13, 1929May 7, 2020

Clarence Marion Bennett peacefully entered into eternal rest at his home on May 7, 2020. He was born in Columbus, Georgia on December 13, 1929 to the late Lucille and Walter R. Bennett Sr.

Clarence joined the military out of High School and later settled in Illinois where he attended the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1966, he married Delores Motte and the couple later settled in San Francisco.

As faithful member of St Dominic’s Catholic Church, Clarence enjoyed volunteering in various parish ministries. Additionally, he pursued his love of art for many years as he attended Fort Mason Art classes.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Walter R. Bennett II, Louise Bennett James, and Mildred Bennett Motte.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years and three wonderful nephews, Turner James (Karen), Walter R. Bennett III (Rosalind), Charles H. Motte II (Lanta) and a host of other family members and dear friends.

Services will be held at a time yet to be determined at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either:

Western Dominican Province: Student Brothers Formation; www.opwest.org or mail to 5877 Birch Court, Oakland, CA 94618 or St Dominic’s Catholic Church (www.stdominics.org/parish/donations). Please give to the church’s community service program in memory of Clarence M. Bennett.


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Wandie Gordon

May 28, 2020

Rather than mourn the absence of the flame, let us celebrate how brightly it glowed. A fond memory . . . Clarence and Dolores dancing 'the tango'. Clarence showing off his smooth moves with Dolores gently in his arms while in sync with the romantic music.
We will cherish all the laughter and great memories shared. God bless!

Judi Washington

May 28, 2020

To Delores, Charles, Lanta, and the entire family of Clarence Bennett..
My warmest condolences to all of you on your loss. I pray for "the day that comes when the memory of Clarence brings only smiles to your face and laughter at the many special memories."

Donald Rogers

May 28, 2020

Clarence was a wonderful, gentle man. Peace and blessings to Clarence and Delores. We love you, Don and Marilen

Leo Acosta

May 28, 2020

The first time I observed Clarence he was sitting in the sanctuary during a mass at Saint Dominic’s. Looking at him at that moment is seared in my memory because of the aura that resonated from within him. I could literally feel the spiritual kindness and compassion emanating from his gentle soul. Every time I encountered Clarence I felt a connectedness that provided a sense of reassurance, as if he was a family member.

When I first engaged with Clarence he quickly embraced the connectedness with his charming smile, and from that moment on it was as if we had known each other for a lifetime.

Every time I spoke with Clarence I felt a strengthening of my faith that allowed me to overcome any doubts I had as to whether I could persevere through the trials and tribulations of life.

I will always cherish the uplifting moments that Clarence and I spent together during numerous engagements with his lovely wife Delores. And I will always be grateful for having had the opportunity to bear witness to a small part of his remarkable life.

Rest in peace my dear friend.

Lindy Brown

May 28, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Your entire family is in my prayers. I had so much fun around Clarence and will cherish my memories of the good times I got to experience with him at the family reunion in Atlanta as well as in D.C and all the get togethers in San Mateo, CA. Thanks for including me. Love you all.


Margaret Tribble

May 28, 2020

We are thinking about you with heartfelt sympathy and caring prayers for you and your family.


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