Clarence Reese Wynne, a long time Southern California resident passed away on Monday, October 19th at Little Company of Mary hospital after a courageous and valiant battle with numerous illnesses. Clarence was born on July 7th, 1931 in Ardmore, PA. The baby boy of Mabel and Ernest Wynne, he was a standout athlete at Lower Merion High School. Upon graduation Clarence attended Temple University and entered the Air Force as a Military Policeman, traveling abroad and throughout the United States. Upon his discharge from the armed forces Clarence entered the next phase of his career in the catering business at Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PA. Clarence moved to Los Angeles in 1971 working on numerous television shows. In 1977 he ventured out on his own and created Pyramid Food Service again providing quality catered food to the stars. In 1983 Clarence became the Operations Manager at Town & Gown at the University of Southern California catering such events as 1984 Olympics, 4 Rose Bowls and numerous alumni and university events. During this time he married the love of his life Doris "Danny" Wynne who filled his final 30 years with joys and adventures one could not script. The two settled in the South Bay and later in San Antonio, Baja California from 1992-2000. While in Baja, Clarence acted out his dream of living the frontier life, riding horses, building his own structures, carrying his bowie knife and watching the sun set on the Pacific Ocean from his deck with his wife. Clarence enjoyed western films, with a particular liking to John Wayne, Glen Ford, Clint Eastwood and Lonesome Dove. In his spare time he enjoyed playing cards, watching his beloved USC football Trojans and telling stories from his travels. Several things you could always expect from Clarence were quick wit, a silver tongue, a warm smile and a handful of jujyfruits in tow. Clarence is survived by his wife Danny, his children Clarence Wynne Jr., Darrell Holland, David Holland, Kathleen Wynne-Dixon, Kristopher Wynne, Peter Wynne, Pia Lucero, Sally Holland, Stanley Gibson, Valerie Bowser, David Danhi, Lisa Danhi, Robert Danhi, Victor and Cookie Danhi and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and the extended Wynne, Holland and Danhi families. He is joined in the afterlife by his daughter Margaret, his sister in-law Seena and his beloved kitty Ratso. A gathering of friends and family will be held on Friday October 23rd from 1PM to 4PM at the Pacific Unitarian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes with a reception to follow. Please find the guestbook on this website to send messages, share stories and obtain directions to the services. In lieu of flowers the family asks that any donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

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  1. Dear Danny and Family I am completely speechless. I can’t fathom my closes friend has passed away. My day has been filled with only wonderful memories that I have shared with Clarence and Danny. Clarence has had a profound effect on my life and my famly. He is going to be truly missed. I can see him riding off in the sunset Goodbye Cowboy God Speed……. Sandra, Aaron and Eric Harvey

  2. I would like to say that I am very proud to have known Clarence for 19 of his years. Some of the characteristics and qualities that Clarence was able to exude are countless I’m sure, but these are a few that stand out to me: Proud, strong, resilient, witty, funny, loving, giving, tall haha. Not only did Clarence provide many sisters for brothers and brothers for sisters, but he also provided me (an outsider) with my only brother and best friend Kristopher, I love him for that alone. Clarence, you will be missed by all, however, your legacy will be survived.

  3. My these words of sympathy help to comfort the family today,and may loving memories bring comfort,warmth and peace. R.I.P Mr.Wynne Grandson/Mother

  4. Joyce and I send our love and our thoughts to the large extented family of Clarence…but especially to his beloved wife, Danny-Doris Wynne. We know how much she will miss him and how much he meant to her. And I will never forget all that he did for my dear cousin, and Danny’s sister, Seena Dictenberg, when she went through her illness. He was a sweet man, always had a smile or a laugh on his lips and the most beautiful eyes. He will certainly be missed.

  5. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Wynne while at Fairfax High School when his daughter Pia invited me to their home after school one day. He was always warm and welcoming. It was a pleasure to be in his presence. Pia and I have kept in touch over the years. It was apparent that her father was always in her thoughts and heart. Please accept my condolences for your loss. I’m sure his spirit will be missed in this world. Ishah Coleman-Palsis

  6. Uncle Clarence…may you Rest In Paradise. I fortunately got the chance to spend some time with my Great-Great Uncle before he passed. I will always remember his laugh, funny jokes and strong accent. I send my condolences to my Cousins on the west coast, down south and on the east coast. I love you!

  7. My paryers and thoughts are with all of you doing the days ahead.Pia and Peter just remember you can do all things thru Christ who give you the strength you need and times like these just call on him.I love you all.

  8. Dear Doris, So sorry to hear about your loss. Clarence was quite ill and it seems he’s now peacefully at rest. Hope your memories of better times will get you through this painful time. With love, Mollie & George

  9. The one time I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Wynn at his Birthday Party,as a guest of his son Kristopher Wynn, I was welcomed with open arms and treated just like on of the family. Mr. Wynn was warm,charismatic and much like his son a very decent man. I know you will be missed.

  10. We are saddened to learn of the passing of Clarence. Having met him only once(the Woodrise Ct Reunion) I knew that Doris had found a warm hearted fine gentleman as her soulmate. Sidney and I share our sympathy with the entire Danhi, Holland and Wynne families.

  11. We only met Clarence a few times but we thought that he was a gentleman. We are sorry for your loss and it is a loss to all of us. May he rest in peace. Sincerely.

  12. Clarence was a part of my life even before I was born. He was a constant figure over the course of the 37 years that I’ve been alive. He will be sorely missed because I have NEVER known life without him. We’re all gonna miss you Clarence. I’ll be listening for you shaking a box of Tic Tacs when it’s time for us to meet again.

  13. Dear Doris, We send our deepest sympathies to you, our dear friend who has lost her best friend and partner in this journey called life. May you and all Clarence’s loved ones find peace. XOXLOVE&HUGSJOAN&MEL

  14. My condolences to you & your family, Danny! I know you two were soulmates & that he will be missed. Stay strong, & God Bless you & your family.

  15. Clarence I will miss your hearty laugh, charming wit, and one of a kind humor. I loved listening to you tell stories about your past. Thank you for being in my life and thank you for blessing me with Kris. I will do my best to always be by his side. I hope we meet again and when we do, I’ll make sure my nails are done.

  16. Dear Pia and Family, We are very sorry for your loss and are thinking of you during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Jeff and Char

  17. Dear Poppop, Its so hard to believe your gone, I still remember all the great trips to the mountains. The first time you taught me and nia how to fish is one thing I will never forget. I know now that you are in a much better place, and no longer have to struggle, suffer, and deal with the pain. I love you so much, see you soon.

  18. Here’s the song I wrote to express my experience with Clarence. Listen carefully and you’ll hear the harmonica crooning his name… I was sixteen when I met the man He had a green Coupe de Ville and an orange van I should have known there’d be trouble when I rushed to him his nitro glycerin Pyramid and USC years were fat Rollin in the liquor and the cash Olympics summer ’84 was peak We cooked and scrubbed together in the heat Chorus: And he rode high in the saddle of life By his side his partner, his wife They wrangled and they wrestled The good times and the strife Riding high in the saddle of life Cut and shoot, they moved to Mexico This tall dark man and Jewish gringo The Rosarito homestead was the best An ocean view where a cowboy could rest Back in LA he took a slower pace A few grey hairs and lines upon his face His family gathered round him at last Telling stories of their checkered past It wasn’t always easy, but I loved you, Clarence. I won’t ever forget you.

  19. Clarence Reese Wynne will be missed by many but will carry on in our hearts, minds, souls and memories. Godspeed Clarence Wynne, godspeed!!!! Kunna Wunna

  20. Daddio, As always I will “Kick the Dog” as instucted. Every time I look at my dog that thought comes into my head. Our inside joke! Love you and miss you terribly already, but know you’re at peace. I know Granny, Grand Pop, Uncle Ernest, Eleanor, Pat and all those that passed before you are glad to see you especially Ratso. We will all watch over Danny and the rest of the family as you would have wanted us to stay together and help each other through this very difficult time. Hugs Your Loving Daughter Pia

  21. Let there be comfort from above for this time. We join you in sympathy for the loss of husband, father, relative and friend. We are also thankful that Clarence is at peace. God ‘s Blessings for each of you.

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