Playa del Rey resident and World War II veteran Bernard S. Clendenin passed away March 30. He was 87.
Clendenin was born in New York City on May 30, 1925. From an early age living in New York he found a keen interest in fine art. He studied at the prestigious Art Students League of New York.
Clendenin later served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In the 1950s he established a career in graphic arts in the aerospace industry after moving to Los Angeles. A community activist, he was instrumental in working out negotiations surrounding unfair minority hiring practices with the Los Angeles City and County Fire Departments, his family said.
Clendenin was a Renaissance man. He was an author, editor, designer, television producer and a musician. Even with his many interests, his number-one love was art and he would not be found without a paintbrush nearby through his adult life, his family said.
Clendenin shared his talents with an intimate circle of the arts community and through national shows and gallery exhibits. He was the owner of Clendenin Fine Art Concepts.
Known for his large and hearty smile and quick laughter, Clendenin’s characteristics will long be remembered in many walks of life, his family said.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Arlene; his loving children, Bernard David Clendenin of Tampa, Fla. and Lynne Clendenin Christensen of Portland, Ore.; his grandchildren, Annlee Elizabeth, Bernard Michael, Brandon Spencer, Neah Hannah and Morgan Rachel; his great-grandchildren, Dustin, Casey and Tyler; his sister Esther Harper of Jacksonville, Fla.; numerous nieces, nephews; and loving friends, Denice Tousche and many others.