Clyde Carlton Francisco

June 20, 1927January 9, 2019

CLYDE FRANCISCO Clyde Carlton Francisco passed away on January 9, 2019 surrounded by his loving wife of 67 years, Barbara, and their family.

Clyde was born on June 20, 1927 in Hastings, Nebraska to Helen and Ira Francisco. The Franciscos moved to Upland, Ca. when Clyde was two years old. He graduated from Chaffey High School in 1945 and attended Chaffey College where he was on the winning 1947 Junior Rose Bowl football team. Barbara and Clyde met at Chaffey College and then graduated together from UC Santa Barbara. After college they moved to Shandon, Ca. where he began his teaching career.

Two years later he got his dream job at his alma mater, Chaffey High School. He taught in the Chaffey District for over 30 years. At Chaffey he was a teacher, coach, counselor, athletic director and then became a member of the school board.

He was affectionately known as “Mr. Chaffey” and in 2007 he was given the honor of having the gym at Chaffey High School named after him, the Clyde C. Francisco Gymnasium.

“Mr Chaffey” was an integral part of the Chaffey District and will be greatly missed by the many people who considered him a friend, teacher, coach, and role model.

Mr. Francisco is survived by his wife Barbara, his 3 children Lynne (Don), Brian (Susan), Robin (Steve), 4 grandchildren (Lindsay, Farren, Garrett, and Tyler) and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death in 2004 by his grandson, Andrew ❤️.

His Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 26th at 11:00 am in the Clyde C. Francisco Gymnasium on the Chaffey High School campus.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 26, 2019

Clyde Carlton Francisco

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Marcel Schiro

January 18, 2019

I consider myself very fortunate to have known Mr Francisco as “Coach and AD” during my days at CHS. A Tiger through and through he helped mold many young men’s lives including my own. He was, along with Coaches Skvarna, Antonelli, Homer Thompson, Jim Seamon and Mrs Betty Harrison were such incredible role models to so many including this then young man. Schools need more “Clyde Franciscos.”
RIP ...”Mr Chaffey”

Charles Bentley

January 18, 2019

I am heartbroken to learn of Clyde's passing. I had the good fortune of knowing him during my days at Chaffey (Class of '77) and later as a reporter with the Daily Report/Daily Bulletin. He was a teacher, mentor and friend, and his influence on my life -- as with so many Tigers -- remains an essential part of who I am today. There are so many great memories, but the one I treasure most is when the two of us attended an Angels game. I can't recall the game itself, but the conversations we had that night -- the majority of which did not involve baseball -- were honest, funny, personal and very precious. My thoughts and prayers go out to Clyde's family, friends, and the countless Chaffey alumni that knew him as a truly great human being.

Pablo & Vicki Robertson

January 17, 2019

Clyde Francisco was definitely one of the great ones! He will always be remembered with respect, love and admiration. Very few people have an opportunity to positively impact so many lives over the course of one lifetime. Clyde was one of those who will always be revered was a person of the highest character. He served his fellow man and woman with constant love, compassion and respect. His accomplishments will always stand out and will continue to have a great influence on all of those people he touched.
Clyde has his place in heaven and although we will miss him dearly, we know without a doubt that his life lives on in heaven with the Lord and his life lessons will guide all of us though our lives. Simply said, Clyde Francisco was a living legend and he will be forever in our hearts.
To Clyde's family, we extend our deepest condolences and profound love to all of you. We love you!