Clancy Barlow, a former resident of Three Rivers, Calif., passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at his home in Medford, Oregon. He was 90.
Clancy and his wife, Gail, moved to Three Rivers upon his retirement from the Los Angeles Police Department in 1976. They loved the area and the people of Three Rivers so much.
When health conditions required them to leave their home, they reluctantly moved to an assisted living facility in Visalia, as they wanted to remain near the Three Rivers community. In the spring of 2018, they moved to an assisted living facility in Medford, Oregon to be closer to family.
A little bit about Clancy… Obituary | Clancy Barlow
Clancy was born March 17, 1929, in Sac City, Iowa, to Hershel Barlow and Rene Arends. These were tough economic times, so Clancy and his brother, Don, lived with their Aunt Minnie and Uncle Charlie for much of their early years. Clancy learned to hunt, fish, and trap from his father, and each story painted a picture of true adventure, although we all know now that these were tough times.
In high school, Clancy was an athlete who excelled in football, track, and swimming. He was a member of the swim team and stayed in contact with his teammates throughout his life. He and Gail attended (and hosted) team reunions through their retirement years. Obituary | Clancy Barlow
High school was interrupted by World War II when Clancy answered the call of duty. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in China, and upon his return to the U.S., he finished high school and began college at Grinnell University. Obituary | Clancy Barlow
Clancy was once again called upon to serve his country in the Korean War. It was while on liberty that he met his lovely wife-to-be, Gail. Gail’s cousin, Allen MacDonald, a U.S. Marine, brought home a few friends one weekend from Camp Pendleton and introduced Gail to her future husband.
After returning to civilian life, Clancy had a few jobs until he landed with the Los Angeles Police Department where he worked until his retirement in 1976. Three Rivers became their post-retirement home where they were very active in the community. Obituary | Clancy Barlow
Clancy was a prolific artist, skilled in many mediums. He painted, sketched, carved, wove pine-needle baskets, designed and stitched needlework, and could tie a mean fishing fly. He loved fishing, and he and Gail traveled the western states each summer in their fifth-wheel trailer.
In 2015, Clancy wrote the book, Three Decades Two Uniforms, which tells the story of his many adventures. Also that year, Clancy participated in the Central Valley Honor Flight, a nonprofit national organization dedicated to transporting as many U.S. military veterans as possible to Washington, D.C., on an all-expenses-paid trip to see the memorials of the wars they fought.
In 2016, Clancy and Gail were honored by the Aging in Community-Three Rivers “Dynamic Lives” program. Their life stories were presented, along with 16 other Three Rivers “elders,” via oral histories, and an accompanying art exhibit displayed their portraits created by artist Nadi Spencer.
Clancy was preceded in death by his wife, Gail Barlow (1929-2018); and Pooch, their beloved Beagle.
He is survived by his three sons, Tony, Kit, and Stephen Barlow; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.Obituary | Clancy Barlow
Clancy had a kind soul and will be missed by all who knew him.
Donations in Clancy’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. ancy Barlow