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Clinton Howard Grove

November 4, 1918 - April 3, 2017

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: April 7, 2017


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Grove, Clinton Howard, a seven-decade resident of Petaluma, passed away April 3rd. He was born November 4, 1918 at the Seattle Providence Hospital, closest hospital to his hometown of Summner, WA. His parents are the late Charles A. and Emma J. (Poole) Grove. He also lived in the Juanita and Kirkland areas. As a child of the Depression he started working at age 9. He cut many cords of wood and picked bushels of berries during his youth. In 1935 he graduated from Kirkland High School and had various jobs in the Seattle area including fire fighting with CC’s and night maintenance manager of the farmer’s section of the Pike’s Place Market. He then joined the Navy in 1940 and was dispatched to San Diego for boot camp. The USS Astoria was his first assignment which was sunk while he was attending optical school. He then was a Fire Control Man on the newly commissioned USS Denver which participated in a good many of the battles throughout the Pacific Theater where it almost met its end at Empress Augustus Bay. After receiving a direct hit in November 1943, that was expected to sink it, the surrounding ships were ordered to leave it and her crew. Miraculously, the Denver managed to limp back to Mare Island for repairs arriving there in January of 1944. It was during that time Clint came to Petaluma, where he met the charming Lorraine Bolla who became his wife in 1945. The couple lived for a time in Philadelphia, PA where he mothballed the Denver. After his discharge from the Navy in 1946, Clint and Lorraine settled in Petaluma finding their perfect house in 1947 where they spent their lives raising their daughter and creating a park like garden around their home. Clint worked after the war at Mare Island and at Kresky Mfg. as a sheet metal worker. He later became a Machinist working at H. Koch & Sons in Corte, Madera. Tired of the commute he finished his working career with Caltrans. First working at Bodega Bay Station and then he became the yard Maintenance Manager at the Petaluma Headquarters. In 1982 he retired after suffering a heart attack which the doctors said would leave him with only a few years to live. He certainly defied those odds by living another three decades. After retiring, Clint and his wife, Lorraine traveled extensively until Lorraine developed diabetes. She became housebound and Clint devotedly cared for Lorraine until her death in 2010. During that time, he wrote a book about his six years in Navy. He was quite proud to be an author and “One Remained on Station and One Came Home” was well received by family and friends

He is predeceased by his wife Lorraine (Bolla) Grove. He is survived by his daughter Linda and her husband, Jerry Miller of Santa Rosa.  His sister, Tiv EagleHawk of Burien, WA, Nieces Brenda Reed of Burien, WA, Sharon Vail of Petaluma, and Elaine Taylor (David) of Crystal Bay, NV. Nephews Steven Bolla (Joy) of Santa Rosa, Albert Vail of Petaluma and Robert Vail of Santa Rosa. He is also survived by numerous grand nieces and nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews.



Veterans for Foreign Wars Charter Member Summner-Bonney Lake Post #1030

U.S.S Denver (CL58) Association

Guadalcanal Campaign Veterans

U.S. Navy Cruiser Association

Charter Member of the Petaluma Museum Association

Sonoma Historical Society

Proudly continued with Lorraine’s fifty-year membership in the Petaluma Garden Club


Visitation will be April 7th from 9am to 11am at Adobe Creek Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 331 Lakeville St, Petaluma

Followed by Graveside Services at 11:30 am at Cypress Hill Memorial Park, 430 Magnolia Ave., Petaluma

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma CA 94952.


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