James William Clardy

James William Clardy (July 15, 2014)

James William (Bill) Clardy was born in Garland, Wyoming, in June, 1920, and graduated from Kemmerer, Wyoming High School. After Graduation, Bill joined the US Army Air Corps in 1942, as an Aviation Cadet, training at Santa Ana Army Airbase.  He became a multi-engine pilot, and flew transports in Africa.  Upon return he was assigned as an Instructor Pilot at Long Beach, CA. After WWII he attended the Chouinard Institute of Art in Los Angeles for four years.  In 1950 he was hired by Douglas Aircraft and then Mc Donnell Douglas Aircraft, retiring from the aerospace Division, Huntington Beach, in 1987.  Bill's main passion in life was his art. Bill taught art at Orange Coast College, Southern California College, and art workshops. He loved to paint watercolors "en plein air" with friends, which he did all over Southern California. He resided with his family in Costa Mesa, CA for over 50 years.

Bill was 94, and he is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Beverley, his son Gregory of Westminster, CA and daughter Debra Hutchinson, of Dana Point, CA.   Services will be Friday July 18, 1:00 pm, at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, CA,  Donations in Bill’s honor may be made to Royal Family Kids, of Santa Ana, CA,  or to a charity of choice.