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OBITUARY

John C. Clay Sr.

September 10, 1939August 7, 2019
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John Cordell Clay, at the age of 79, died of complications from pneumonia on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, in Ventura, CA. John is survived by his sons, Christopher Cordell Kroeker and Jeffrey John Kroeker of his first marriage with Marita Marley-Villanueva; his sons, John Cordell Clay Jr, James Chandon Clay, and Jason Cory Clay of his second marriage to Helena Maria Coull Pawlak Clay; and his mother in-law, Anna Coull Pawlak. He is also survived by his two sisters, Julia Ann Freeman and Jane Clay Anderson; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Cordell Clay and Edna Floy Lemon Clay; his second wife, Helena Maria Coull Pawlak Clay; and his third wife, Denyse Clay. John was born on September 10, 1939 in Alhambra, California. As a child, he loved acting in the theater, water skiing on Lake Arrowhead, and Scouts - ultimately achieving Eagle Scout! He went to Alhambra High School and then graduated from the UC Santa Barbara in 1961 with a degree in Political Science. He proudly served his country as a reserve in the US Army. This is where he learned to play the bugle and cook. In 1962, he married, moved to San Marino and became an insurance agent for The Equitable. Early in his career, he was promoted to Agency Manager. In 1995, he extended his profession and became a wealth-manager for the last 2+ decades of his life representing prominent institutions such as Merrill Lynch, UBS, and most recently, DA Davidson. He held the prestigious designations of CLU, LUTCF, ChFC, and CFP. In the family life, he was a spontaneous romantic, dedicated provider, and nurturing husband and father. The day he met Maria, a Miss Poland beauty pageant winner, he gave her a rose every day for a month until she eloped with him. His work ethic to provide for his wife and six children was uncanny. Somehow, he always found time to coach little league, barbecue on Sundays, go to Dodger games, and take the family on vacations. He had a fond love for weekends with his family. In his social life, he was deeply rooted in the community. He loved being a part of Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, Ventura Yacht Club, Olivas Men’s Golf Club, and participating in continuing education. For a brief period in his life, he taught classes at Cal Lutheran University. He loved teaching and thought that he might teach in retirement. His activities were admired by the people who would cherish his memories at the core of their heart. All of you are kindly requested to attend the Celebration of Life service, scheduled for 4:00 pm, on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Rd, Ventura, CA 93003, with a Reception will follow at Channel Islands Masonic Lodge 214, on 482 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura Ca 93001.

For exact details and to RSVP, please access the Evite here: http://evite.me/UvFZKsu6Ya

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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ann cady cooper

August 19, 2019

A lifetime of memories of John Clay. We met at UCSB when we were freshmen and stayed friends all of these years. He's always had the same zest for life with a positive attitude to go along. I think every friend of John's felt as though he genuinely cared and if there were a bump in one's road, he tried to offer sage advice. He loved Rotary. He loved his kids. He paid attention to his friends. He was a dapper dresser! I loved how he aged. I'll miss you John... Ann Cady Cooper

Jane Anderson

August 16, 2019

I miss calling my brother on a regular basis.
Thanks to Emma, his nurse at Navita Board and Care. She delighted in joking with him. She also did his manicures, a job I happily gave up.
I will miss my visits . Love you , Big Brother,
Janie






James Newton

August 9, 2019

John was my Mentor when I reaffiliated with Ventura Rotary in 1984. I appreciated his guidance in helping me get involved. Wonderful guy!

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Biography

John Cordell Clay, at the age of 79, died of complications from pneumonia Wednesday August 7, 2019, in Ventura, CA

John is survived by his sons, Christopher Cordell Kroeker and Jeffrey John Kroeker of his first marriage with Marita Marley-Villanueva; his sons, John Cordell Clay Jr, James Chandon Clay, and Jason Cory Clay of his second marriage to Helena Maria Coull Pawlak Clay; and his mother in-law, Anna Coull Pawlak. He is also survived by his two sisters, Julia Ann Freeman and Jane Clay Anderson; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Cordell Clay and Edna Floy Lemon Clay; his second wife, Helena Maria Coull Pawlak Clay; and his third wife, Denyse Clay.

John was born on September 10, 1939 in Alhambra, California. As a child, he loved acting in the theater, water skiing on Lake Arrowhead, and Scouts - ultimately achieving Eagle Scout! He went to Alhambra High School and then graduated from the UC Santa Barbara in 1961 with a degree in Political Science. He proudly served his country as a reserve in the US Army. This is where he learned to play the bugle and cook. In 1962, he married, moved to San Marino and became an insurance agent for The Equitable. Early in his career, he was promoted to Agency Manager. In 1995, he extended his profession and became a wealth-manager for the last 2+ decades of his life representing prominent institutions such as Merrill Lynch, UBS, and most recently, DA Davidson. He held the prestigious designations of CLU, LUTCF, ChFC, and CFP.

In the family life, he was a spontaneous romantic, dedicated provider, and nurturing husband and father. The day he met Maria, a Miss Poland beauty pageant winner, he gave her a rose every day for a month until she eloped with him. His work ethic to provide for his wife and six children was uncanny. Somehow, he always found time to coach little league, barbecue on Sundays, go to Dodger games, and take the family on vacations. He had a fond love for weekends with his family.

In his social life, he was deeply rooted in the community. He loved being a part of Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, Ventura Yacht Club, Olivas Men’s Golf Club, and participating in continuing education. For a brief period in his life, he taught classes at Cal Lutheran University. He loved teaching and thought that he might teach in retirement. His activities were admired by the people who would cherish his memories at the core of their heart.

All of you are kindly requested to attend the Celebration of Life service, scheduled for 4:00 pm, on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Rd, Ventura, CA 93003, with a Reception will follow at Channel Islands Masonic Lodge 214, on 482 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura Ca 93001.

For exact details and to RSVP, please access the Evite here: http://evite.me/UvFZKsu6Ya

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.