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Clarence Veldon "C . V" Spencer
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Birth: Jan. 19, 1923
Orange
Orange County
California, USA
Death: Nov., 2004

This past Thursday evening, after giving thanks, asking the Lord to be with all family members and friends not at the table, and enjoying a full plate of turkey with all the trimmings in the company of wife, children, grandchildren, and their spouses,C. V. Spencer trundled to his grandson's car for a ride back to Emerald Springs; instead, he detoured to his celestial home where, as he had always told his grandchildren, he would someday be the best farmer in heaven.

C. V. Spencer was born on January 19, 1923, in Orange, California. He was raised in the Whittier area on the Murphy Ranch, a citrus farm and packinghouse managed by his father, the late W. E. 'Sam' Spencer. He attended Whittier High School where he met his future wife, Helen Joan 'Jody' Logue, and went on to study at the University of California at Davis.

In November, 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the WWII Pacific theatre through December, 1945, including the campaigns in New Guinea and the South Philippines. He was a heavy weapons NCO and was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He seldom spoke of the war except to mention fallen comrades upon occasion and to make sure his children and grandchildren understood the meaning of their sacrifice.

Following the war, he married Jody and completed his degree in Plant Science at Davis. He and Jody moved to Yuma in 1949 in hopes of winning a homestead on the Yuma Mesa. They did not win the homestead, however, they did remain in Yuma with C. V., farming various development leases in the Gila Valley and on the Yuma Mesa. In 1958, he went to work for Bruce Church as the manager of the Whitewing Ranch in the Hyder area and then transferred three years later to Salinas, California. After a year in Salinas he returned to Yuma, initially partnering with the late Dawson Engler, to begin a long career (Spencer & Spencer) in the expanding citrus industry here. That career was capped in 1979, when he organized Associated Citrus Packers, Inc. and hired his two oldest sons, Bill (Kathleen) and Mark (Karen), to work with him in the business. The three of them, together with Jody and many long time employees, saw the company through good times and bad to survive as one of the last and largest independent citrus entities tosuccessfully operate in the California/Arizona citrus industry.

C. V. was a past president of the Yuma County Farm Bureau and a past member of the Arizona Farm Bureau board of directors as well as many other community organizations. He was a founding member of Christ Lutheran Church and Yuma Lutheran School, and later, a founding member of Prince of Peace Ev. Lutheran Church.

C. V. was preceded in death by many good friends and family with whom he is now reunited. He will be missed by many good Yumans and he will especially be missed and remembered by his 14 grandchildren who had a special affection for 'Granpa'(aka 'Chief Ogre').

Other survivors include a son, the Reverend Steven D. Spencer (Kathy) , ofSierra Vista, and beloved daughter Carol Ann Olson (Courtney) of Centennial, Colorado, three great-grandchildren, and niece Jeanne M. Pryor of Yuma.

A viewing will be conducted at the chapel at Johnson Mortuary on Monday, November 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Services will be held at Prince of Peace Ev. Lutheran Church on Tuesday, November 30, at 1 p.m. (there will be a short viewing prior to the service) with graveside services to follow at Desert Lawn.

Pallbearers are Dan Chavez, Miguel de la Hoya, Greg Perez, Chris Spencer, Grant Spencer, Josh Spencer, and Matt Spencer. Honorary pallbearers are Jose Federico, Jack Ferro, Fred Kamrath, Clemente Perez, and Dave Williams.

In lieu of flowers friends may donate to the Yuma County Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund, 1000 W. 16th Street.

CV 
 
Burial:
Desert Lawn Memorial Park
Yuma
Yuma County
Arizona, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 06, 2012
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Clarence Veldon C . V Spencer
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- Marilyn
 Added: Dec. 18, 2012
In November, 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the WWII Pacific theatre through December, 1945, including the campaigns in New Guinea and the South Philippines.Served with the 21st Inf Reg
- 24th Infantry Division TAPS
 Added: Jan. 6, 2012
He was a heavy weapons NCO and was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
- 24th Infantry Division TAPS
 Added: Jan. 6, 2012
 
 
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