Bruce Walter McClarrinon, 76, of Galt passed away on July 26, 2020 after complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He died peacefully with wife Kathy by his side. He was born in Oakland on July 13, 1944 to Paul and Martha McClarrinon.
Bruce leaves behind his beloved wife of 52 years, Mary Katherine; three children, Maynard (Mac) McClarrinon of Johnson City, Tenn., Scott McClarrinon (Mariah Davis) of Yuba City and Holly Silliman (Danny) of Sacramento; sister Nancy Pesce (Tom) of Pacific Grove; and three grandchildren, McKenna Silliman, Logan Silliman and Reagan McClarrinon; and sister-in-law Louise Ballard of Overland, Kansas. Preceding Bruce in death were his older brother and wife, George and Linda McClarrinon.
Bruce grew up in Sacramento and spent the summers working at the California State Fair in the operations department. As a young man, he was a devoted Boy Scout and attended the 50th National Jamboree in Colorado Springs Colo. He would later become a proud Scoutmaster. He graduated from C.K. McClatchy High School and later graduated from Sacramento State University with a degree in criminal justice. As an adult, he worked as a California State Police Officer in both the Sacramento and Fresno offices. During his time in Sacramento, he was assigned to Governor Ronald Reagan’s security detail and, in September 1975, witnessed the assassination attempt of President Ford.
He also loved raising, showing, breeding and hunting with German Shorthaired Pointers, including Grand Field Trial Champion Black Barts Impy his first shorthair. He was a marksman with a shotgun, and leased and ran duck clubs in Northern California for several years. He also loved to hunt doves, quail, pheasants and ducks throughout California. He was an avid trout fisherman for many years when he wasn’t hunting, with trips to the Klamath River to fish for steelhead trout on occasion. He also loved to dive for abalone in the Pacific Ocean in his younger days. He was also proud of the Hole in One he made at Emerald Lakes Golf Course.
Bruce was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Galt. The family would like to express a special thanks to both Rev. Barbara Elizabeth Nixon and Rev. Norman Mowery for their wonderful care and visits to Bruce and Kathy. Similarly, the family would like to thank their church and community friends. Finally, the family would like to offer a special thank you to the staff of Golden Living Center/Dycora Transitional Health in Galt, for their loving care of Bruce during his time there.
Due to Coronavirus, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or to the donor’s favorite charity.