Clarence Eliason Call
Feb 24, 1931 - Jun 27, 2019
Clarence Eliason Call, 88, returned home to his Father in Heaven on Thursday, June 27, 2019, surrounded by his loving wife of 66 years, Rita Mae (Wakefield) Call, and family.
His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his eternal wife and caregiver Rita Call, his children Gaylene Jensen, Jolene [and Patrick] Elmer, Christian Call, Benson Call, Matiu [and Jenny] Call, and Fay [and Stephen] Wassom; his son in law, Deevere Mortensen, his surviving sister Myrtle Cook, 18 grandchildren, and 26 ½ great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his daughter, SuEllyn Mortensen, his parents Joseph and Myrtle Call, his siblings Joseph, Lowell, Melvin, and John Call, Betty Jane Marley, and Erla Knudsen; also his son in law, David Jensen.
A resident of Rio Linda, California, Clarence E. Call was born February 24, 1931, in Bancroft, Idaho to Joseph and Myrtle Call. He retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in the Air Force, Small Business Owner, and Biomedical Engineer for Sutter Hospital. He was a passionate enthusiast of The Boy Scouts of America. Throughout seven decades of service to the scouting institution, he worked diligently as a Scout Leader and Master. He was accredited for the success of countless Eagle Rank and Merit Badges earned by young scouts due to his determination and dedication. He received a variety of awards and honors throughout his life such as the Aircraft Communication and Electronics System Department Instructor award, the Eagle Scout, Silver Bear, and the Silver Beaver award, just to name a few. He also set up a program called Volunteer Service to the Veterans Hospital at a military base, the first of its kind in the U.S., and wrote two textbooks while teaching in the Air Force.
In his younger days, Clarence was very active: helping around the farm, and playing basketball, football, and baseball. He played the clarinet, a few piano hymns, and his saxophone with his band. He also loved riding motorcycles, building model airplanes, flying airplanes, and serving others.
Clarence graduated from North Gem High School in Bancroft, Idaho, attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and graduated from Sacramento State, California. He faithfully served a mission in the New England States Mission. While serving, he met his soon to be wife, Rita. Near the end of his mission, with the Korean War pressing, he was ripe for the draft. Two weeks before his mission ended, he enlisted in the Air Force. When he returned home from his mission, his government service papers were waiting for him on the kitchen table. This was the beginning of his 23-year service in the Air Force. After training, he was sent to Keesler AFB, Mississippi to train as an airborne radio operator and was retained at the base as an instructor.
In the year of 1953, after a letter correspondence and one official date, Clarence married his sweetheart, Rita, on June 5th. The following September, they took a bus to Utah and were sealed in the Logan Temple. His Air Force duties kept him busy in Mississippi teaching at the Airborne Navigation School. Shortly after, he was promoted to Technical Sargeant. During this time, Clarence and Rita had three lovely daughters in Mississippi: Gaylene, SuEllyn, and Jolene.
After eleven years in the south, another Air Force assignment then took Clarence and his family to Lowery AFB, Colorado. After extensive training in a field that is still considered classified, he departed from his family and was sent to the Pacific to an isolated remote tour at Wake Island for 14 months. He was not at liberty to discuss the nature of his work, but he traveled to Japan and several other Pacific islands during this time. After receiving new orders to work with the New Zealand Air Force in a study pertaining to the upper atmosphere and long-range communication effects in Blenheim, New Zealand, he happily rendezvous with his family in Hawaii. He relocated Rita and his daughters to New Zealand and over time, added three more lovely children to his clan: Christian, Benson, and Matiu. After spending five years in the Pacific Islands, Clarence was then assigned to McClellan AFB, California. He and his family found an old chicken farm in North Highlands. His new hobby was ingenious renovations on the old farm with military surplus materials. In 1971, he once again departed from his family in the call of service, this time for a special embassy assignment for the US government in New Delhi, India. This assignment was also classified with little information. But he was able to return to see the birth of his soon to be favorite child, Fay, in 1972. Three years later, he decided it was time to retire and enjoy the many other aspects that life had to offer.
As a Biomedical Engineer, he later worked at Sutter Memorial Hospital for 12 years and traveled often with his job. He blessed the lives of those he came in contact with through his charitable deeds in this line of work. Upon his second retirement, he also enjoyed connecting with people through extracurricular jobs and service projects.
Throughout his life, Clarence served valiantly as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a teacher, Scout Master, Home Teacher, Minister, and Branch President. He also served as a member of the Stake Presidency, Mission Presidency, High Council, and Bishopric. Despite his busy callings at church, he still made time to serve his family and friends. In 1997, he and his wife served a proselyting mission for 18 months in the London-England Mission.
Clarence will always be remembered for his light-hearted antics both in his youth and old age, his surreal physical strength and work stamina, and his dedication to the Lord. He is best known for his life of service to his God, country, family, and friends. He touched the hearts of many and will be missed by all who knew him. He leaves a legacy of compassion, kindness, and charity.
Funeral services for Clarence Eliason Call will be held on July 13, 2019, at noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3621 Elverta Road, Antelope, Ca 95843. A viewing will be held at the same location at 11 am. He will be buried in the Bancroft, Idaho Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, in honor of Clarence and his spirit of service, please express love and condolences by performing acts of service to neighbors, friends, family, and strangers.