Clarence A. Monaco

May 30, 1920March 11, 2014

MONACO, Clarence Anthony (C.A.) Clarence Monaco passed away March 11, 2014 at the age of 93. Clarence Anthony Monaco was born May 30, 1920 in Denver, Colorado. He was the second of six children born to Joseph Anthony and Maria Assunta Monaco. He grew up in Anaconda, MT and graduated from Anaconda High School in 1938. He was then drafted into the Army in 1941, were he gained a keen interest and education in electronics. Clarence also had a natural knack for business and even at an early age, was an entrepreneur. He married his high school sweetheart, Frances L. Kovacich, in November of 1942. While in the military, Clarence served in WWII at the rank of Staff Sergeant and was stationed on bases along the United States West Coast and later in the Philippines. After serving in the military, Clarence and Fran moved to St. Regis, Montana to run the Western Star Café with his older brother and wife. In the early 50’s they moved to Spokane, WA and opened four drive-in restaurants. Soon Clarence decided to begin selling fire alarm systems and started Fire Detection Service, his first company. Vincent Kovacich, his brother-in-law, was his first employee. In the early years, Fire Detection Service sold fire alarm systems to local farming communities in Eastern Washington. Over the next twenty years the company expanded. Its many employees manufactured, sold and installed hundreds of fire alarm and high security systems to the United States Government and Military Services worldwide. Notable projects included the Saturn Space Launch at Cape Canaveral, The Smithsonian Institute and Goddard Space Flight Center. In 1971, Monaco Enterprises was formed and continued manufacturing and installing a variety of systems in 49 states as well as Southeast Asia, Italy, Germany and the Middle East. Throughout his career, he made many lifelong friends, some of whom came to work for him after distinguished careers. In Clarences’ retirement he published a memoir about his business life in the Fire and Security Industry. Clarence will be missed and fondly remembered for his business acumen and generosity. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Frances and brothers, Earl, Elmer and Joseph. Clarence is survived by his two sisters Virginia Blaskovich, Anaconda, MT and Margaret Frey of Laguna Niguel, CA, brother-in-law Vincent Kovacich (Harriet) of Spokane, WA, his four children, Gene (Marti), Vincent (Jan), Simone (companion Dan R. Johnson) and Clar (Gail), his three grandchildren, Rachel Monaco, Noelle Barno (Roger), Katy Owens (Chad) and five great- grandchildren, Michael Isotalo, Ashlea Jeffries, Abigail Owens, Cora and Calvin Barno, along with many beloved nieces and nephews. The family wishes to give heartfelt thanks to Dr. Jeffrey Clode, and many wonderful caregivers, including those from Family Home Care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, South 304 Adams, Spokane Valley, WA 99216. A Rosary will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7 o’clock p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Funeral mass will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 11 o’clock a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, East 17825 Trent Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99216. We invite you to share your memories of Clarence on our online guestbook at



  • Rosary Service Wednesday, March 19, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, March 20, 2014


  • Committal Service

Clarence A. Monaco

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Anette Blaskovich

March 27, 2014

I was my Uncle Clarence's absolute favorite niece! My brother claims to be his favorite nephew. That is how U. Clarence made everyone feel - special and welcomed! He was warm, sweet, and generous. Family, whether at home or work, were very important to him. He is missed greatly, but I am comforted in knowing he is with A. Fran, brothers, and parents once again.

Lori D'Andrea

March 21, 2014

Clarence I will always remember your smile as you sat on the deck at the lake at Jan and Vin's. Whenever I knew you were visiting, I couldn't wait to rush next door to say hello and give you a hug. Thank-you for your light in this world.

Joleen Fromviller

March 21, 2014

Gene, we are so sorry for your loss. It's been years (maybe decades) since we've seen you but my heart went out to you and your family when I heard about your father. May Our Lord bless and comfort all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Joleen, Matt and Mark Fromviller.

Byron Ono

March 20, 2014

Aloha e Gigi,

My sincerest condolences on the loss of your father-in-law. Please extend my sympathies to your husband and the rest of your ohana there too.

Your Friend,

Nancy Mackenzie

March 18, 2014

Vin and Simone - I was sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with both of you.

Michael Danielson

March 17, 2014

To Clargee, GiGi, and the rest of the Monaco family. My deepest sympathy, thoughts, and prayers are with all of you during this time.

Rachel Monaco

March 17, 2014

My grandfather, Clarence, was such a great man. He was such a positive influence in my life and for that I will always feel so blessed and grateful for. I asked him once about his accomplishments in life and how he managed to do all that he did. He said, "I just got up and did it Rachel. The hardest step is always the first step toward anything you do in life. You just do it". He worked really hard to provide for his family. He was a man that never seemed to need too much but really just enjoyed seeing people happy. I will miss his smile, I will miss holding his hand, I will miss all of his stories, I will miss his laugh, I will miss him calling me "Little Rach". I hope I get to see him again someday. I love him so much and he will always be in my heart.

Cinda Widman

March 17, 2014

I will miss this "Charismatic-Rascal" with the twinkle in his eye, the clever tease and wonderful chuckle.
My warmest condolences to the Monaco Family.

lisa neal

March 16, 2014

So glad I was a neighbor and our families were so close.We will love and miss you.
Lisa &Rick Neal


March 16, 2014

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.