|Birth: ||Jan. 15, 1898|
|Death: ||Aug. 31, 1961|
Oxnard Municipal Court Judge Clarence E. "Ed" Pecht died of a heart condition at St. John's Hospital at 8 a.m. today.
He entered the hospital last Wednesday for what was described as a precautionary checkup. Early this week he was reported in "satisfactory" condition.
Judge Pecht, 63, was a 20-year veteran on the bench in Oxnard. He had served as both justice of the peace and municipal court judge.
Wounded and gassed in World War I in France, he was plagued by ill health throughout his life. In recent years he suffered heart trouble, and in 1956 a heart attack kept him off the bench for nine months.
Judge Pecht, a native of Kansas, was a county judge in Nebraska before coming to Oxnard in 1936.
From 1936 to 1941 he was in and out of hospitals with stomach trouble, his former wife, Mrs. Alma Pecht, said.
He became justice of the Oxnard Justice Court in 1942, and became a judge when the Oxnard court became a municipal court in 1955. He studied law at night school and passed his bar examination while serving as a justice in 1948.
During World War I Judge Pecht served as a first sergeant and platoon commander in the 89th Division in France for 22 months. He was discharged as a lieutenant.
He was awarded the Liberation of St. Mihiel medal, but did not receive it until 40 years later. His daughter, Mrs. Marlene Cole, who was in France in 1958, received the medal for her father from the mayor of St. Mihiel.
Judge Pecht was a member of the Oxnard Elementary School Board from 1943 to 1956 and board president from 1947 - 1956. He also was active in American Legion activities. He served as commander of a post in Nebraska, as adjutant of Oxnard Post 49, judge advocate of the Sixth area, and a member of the Legion's counter-subversion commission in the state.
He was a Mason and a member of the Elks.
Surviving are a son, Paul, and a daughter, Mrs. Cole, and four grandchildren, all of Oxnard, four brothers and three sistes.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the James A Reardon Mortuary.
A successor as municipal court judge can be appointed by the governor.
August 31, 1961
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