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GOLDING, Clyde Glenor
GOLDING, Clyde Glenor A resident and businessman in the Antelope Valley for more than 55 years, passed away on April 27, 2017 in Lubbock, Texas, where he and his wife Jayne have lived since 2007. He was 90 years old at the time of his death. Clyde spent his childhood with his adoptive parents, Ora-Imo and Glen Golding in Kokomo, Indiana where he graduated high school in 1944. After a semester at Purdue, he joined the Navy where he served as the shipboard storekeeper. Following his discharge, he and his parents moved to Los Angeles so he could attend UCLA where he met and married Greta Olson. Graduating with a business degree and becoming a licensed public accountant, Clyde spent the next two years employed by the Travelers Insurance Company before moving to Lancaster. Clyde was a true businessman who in addition to operating his primary business as owner and broker for the Antelope Valley Insurance Agency, also owned Lancaster Paint and Wallpaper for several years. In the late 1970's, he along with five other local businessmen spearheaded the organization of the Antelope Valley Bank. He served as the Chairman of the Board for 20 years after The Bank first opened its doors in 1981, until the seven bank branches were acquired by Zion Bank. Dedication to his family, a deep belief in community service, and a strong commitment to business ethics were hallmarks in the life of Clyde Golding. His community service began shortly after moving to the Antelope Valley. He helped raise money by walking door-to-door visiting local businesses to gather contributions for the Antelope Valley Hospital building fund (opened 1955). He was instrumental, along with four others, in starting the first Park View Little League program and was team president in 1956. In 1957 Clyde was named Lancaster Young Man of the Year by the Jr. Chamber of Commerce. In the early 1960's he served as President of the Antelope Valley College Patrons Association, President of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and President of the Antelope Valley Community Chest. Clyde continued to remain active throughout his time in the Antelope Valley. He was a member of the Lions Club for 38 years, holding positions including President of the Lancaster Lions Club, Zone Chairman, and District Governor for California and Nevada. He once was responsible for taking 4,400 fellow Lions to attend the International Convention in Tokyo. He also served as Director on the Executive Board of the Lions Eye Institute at Santa Monica Hospital. He served the community in many other ways: as an organizer of the local 4th of July celebration, on the building committees for St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and the Lancaster United Methodist Church as a member of the Elks Club, Masonic order, Shrine Club, Quartz Hill High School Band Booster Club and was a strong supporter of the Quartz Hill 4-H Club. Clyde was involved with early efforts to incorporate the City of Lancaster, was a founding member of the Economic Development Corporation in 1979 and provided ongoing support for the Antelope Valley Hospital Gift Foundation. From the many years announcing the annual fair parade on Lancaster Boulevard, one year serving as Grand Marshal of the Parade, to selling corn on the cob as a fundraiser for the Lions Club at the Antelope Valley Fair to spending more than 25 years serving on the Fair Board as a Director, the Fair was a perfect combination of service and family for Clyde. In 1978 Clyde was the proud recipient of the 'Others' Award by the Salvation Army where he was recognized for his numerous contributions to the community. In 1990 he was again honored for his community leadership by the Gift Foundation of the Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center. As his many accomplishments were enumerated during the event, he was quoted as saying, 'You do things because you see they need to be done and you get a few people together and work out the ideas. It doesn't always fly the first time, but you plant the seed.' Clyde was an active Board member of the Antelope Valley Country Club, and in retirement he and Jayne enjoyed many years of golf and travel with friends. He also enjoyed many proud moments as he watched his children and grandchildren graduate high school and college. Nothing gave him more pleasure than spending time with family during the holidays or watching his grandchildren swim in the pool at a 4th of July celebration. Following his retirement, he and Jayne moved to Lubbock, Texas where they have resided since 2007. In November of 2016, his entire family joined together in Lubbock to celebrate his 90th birthday. It was a grand celebration and he felt it was one of the greatest days of his life. Clyde once said, 'I guess you could say I like selling people ideas, my business helps people meet their goals and protect their families. My community work does the same. It all fits together.' Businessman, Community Leader, Husband, Father and Grandfather, Clyde Golding was an honorable man who will be missed by many. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Jayne Golding; daughters: Kristin Garcia (Robert), Denette Golding, Diane Carlton (Craig), Marta Brown (Forrest); stepson Thomas Box; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Glen and Imo Golding and his wife Greta (1982). Clyde's ashes will be scattered at sea during a Committal ceremony performed by the United States Navy. A guestbook is available for signing at:

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