David
David Bruce Clum of Rancho Palos Verdes, born in New York City, July 16, 1938, passed away peacefully on Feb. 7, 2007 after a sudden illness. He attended Wheaton College in Chicago. While teaching in California, he met his beloved wife of 40 years who taught across the hall. He received his Masters Degree in Psychology and his MFCC License from Cal State LA and worked 35 years for many schools within LAUSD as a school psychologist. He served on the Board of Directors for UTLA and was a past president of the LA Assoc. of School Psychologists. For years, he lobbied to gain improved benefits for the support services division. After retirement, Dave enjoyed reading, world travel, walks along the ocean and lake, and being a grandfather. We will remember Dave for his sense of humor and counseling skills. He is survived by his wife, Marie; daughters Laura (Paul) Helvig of San Rafael, and Alisa Clum of Newport Beach; grandsons Aaron and Alex Helvig; sisters Karen Ehrhart and Cheryl Lovegren; many nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation is at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd. from 6-10pm Thursday, Feb. 15 with a vigil at 7pm. Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, Feb. 16 at St. John Fisher Church In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the PVP Land Conservancy or any charity

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  1. Dear Loved Ones, I, too, feel Dave’s loss. His positive attitude and sense of humor will be sorely missed. His memory will be carried with me until we meet again. He helped me immeasureably in my life’s trials and tribulations. He was a wonderful man, friend, husband, father, and grandfather. What else is there to be remembered for than these accomplishments? Knowing Dave was a joy!

  2. Dearest Marie and Family, We only met Dave once, but liked him instantly. We thought of him as a person we would really like to get to know better, and wanted to get together again to have a chance to visit more. We were so glad to be notified of the services and so glad we could come to mass on Friday. It was good to be able to share this time with you, and help pay tribute to one of the most quality men whom we have met in our own rather long lives. We are so happy that you had Dave for your husband and father. The world is all the richer for his having been here. Love To All Of You, Barbara and Jack Epstein

  3. Dear Aunt Marie, Alisa and Laura, It is with both a heavy and light heart that I send my deepest condolences to you all. Uncle Dave was someone I knew mostly from stories and only recently had the opportunity to know better. The stories of his courage to stand up for what he believed in his heart, of his wild and crazy adventures and his desire to really know each of us is what will mold my memory of him. I am completely heartbroken for each of you because I know what it means to lose someone so special and important. I can easily remember the pain in Uncle Dave’s recollection of losing my father – so the pain was never lost on him either. Your husband, father and my uncle was such a punster – never letting an opportunity pass to chide or joke about a comment or occurrence. His sense of humor makes my heavy heart laugh when I think of him now. I am so thankful for our visit this past summer and wonderful memories I can now cherish with each of you. I will keep you each in my prayers, for a peace which passes all understanding, and for unending comfort in your adjustment to life without Uncle Dave. All my love, Deanna

  4. Dear Marie, Alisa, Laura and family, What a tease my brother was when we were growing up. He had a great sense of humor and loved to use it while teasing his “little” sister – me. Dave was such a loving and caring husband and father. His eyes always lit up whenever he talked about any of you. I know he will be sorely missed, and that there will be such a tremendous void in your lives, and that you all will have vivid and loving memories of him. He will have a warm special place in the hearts of all who knew him. May all the fond memories you hold dear help to ease your sorrow. May you all sense God’s peace at this difficult time, and may He wrap you up in His loving arms. Matthew 5:4 says – Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. May God grant you the peace that only He can give. He knows the grief and pain of your hearts. Lovingly, Cherry

  5. ALTHOUGH I HAD MET AND KNOWN MARIE OVER 40 YEARS AGO – WE HAD NOT MET DAVE. THEY STOPPED TO VISIT US WHILE VISITING THEIR DAUGHTER IN SAN RAFAEL SOME TIME AGO. I HAD ALWAYS WONDERED WHOM MY FRIEND MIGHT HAVE MARRIED. AFTER MEETING DAVE I KNEW IMMEDIATELY WHY MY OLD FRIEND WOULD HAVE CHOSEN HIM. HE WAS SO KIND, SO PERSONABLE, SO WILLING TO LISTEN AND REALLY HEAR WHAT YOU WERE SAYING AND HIS EYES SPARKLED WITH ADVENTURE AND GOOD WILL. HE WAS ONE OF THE KINDEST AND DEAREST OF HUMAN BEINGS AND WE WERE SO HONORED TO HAVE HAD THE CHANCE TO KNOW HIM – WE WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO SO MANY MORE GOOD TIMES AS THEY TRAVELED NORTH TO VISIT THEIR DAUGHTER AND HER FAMILY. WE FELT SAD TO KNOW IT HAD ENDED TOO SOON – BUT GOD’S PLANS FOR US ARE NEVER PREDICTABLE AND IF ANYONE HAD LIVED A LIFE WITH NO REGRETS – IT SURELY WAS DAVE. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, HIS FAMILY, AND MAY YOU RECOVER FROM YOUR LOSS AS YOU REVEL IN THE JOY YOU HAD WHILE HE WAS HERE. OUR HEARTFELT LOVE AND SORROW, TIM AND KATHY RHEIN

  6. With Dave I attended Wheaton College and Fuller Theological Seminary. He was a splendid fellow and a good friend. During the Christmas and new year season of 1960 he and I made a trip to San Francisco and stayed at the YMCA. He also visited family in Marin County while we were up north. Especially do I remember his sense of humor. Though we had not been in touch for many years, I feel a sense of loss at his passing. For his family I wish comfort at a time of great loss.

  7. Marie,Laura and Alisa, I was so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing.My heart goes out to you all,be strong, and feel the support and prayers that surround you,from all your friends and family at this very difficult time. Dave was a great neighbor to us and was so helpful to my parents,especially during these last few years on Lone Valley Drive! The Yoklavich’s really appreciate all you have done for us and now we are here for you. Many thoughts and prayers go out to you now,Terri

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