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Obituary – Clarence Wallace

Clarence Wallace

In loving memory of Clarence “Bim” L. Wallace, Jr. Septemer 18, 1925 –  November 12, 2019

Bim was born in Watertown, New York in 1925, and moved to Los Angeles as a young teen in 1938.

He joined the Navy halfway through WW2 at the age of 17, becoming an anti-aircraft gunner on a small aircraft carrier, and saved his ship from Kamikaze attack during the Battle Leyte Gulf, in the Pacific.

After the war, he married Helen McMasters in Los Angeles and got his degree in Physics at UCLA. Together they raised four children in Topanga Canyon near Santa Monica, as he worked in the electronics industry.

In 1963, the family moved to the Del Mar area. Soon after, he started the first of a series of entrepreneurial businesses in Sorrento Valley. He made many technical advances that were important to the international electronics industry, speeding the development of mobile phones and other technology, world-wide. He was a pioneer in the field of microelectronics, and his businesses provided employment, opportunity and inspiration to many people.

Bim and Helen were nurturing and creative people, who encouraged and assisted all deserving people who entered their lives. Their home had a steady stream of interesting people, mostly all quite younger than themselves, whom Bim and Helen thought of as family.

They were very special. Their absence is keenly felt, and their lives have touched many for the better. Bim and Helen are survived by Ken Wallace, Charlie Wallace both of San Diego, Wendy Borders and Mini Cooper (their dog) of Kansas City, and Norman Wallace of Auburn, CA. They also had 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Bim will be interred at the Miramar National Cemetery on January 27th, under the noise of the airplanes of the “Top Gun” flying school, which he will love!