Just three weeks short of his 100th birthday, Clarence LeRoy “Mo” Mohler died last Saturday following a short illness.
He was one of the original Marina Pacifica residents. Condos were a new thing back then. Mo loved being on the water, seeing "his" place built from the ground up. For a year and a half, Mo and the love of his life Patricia, would drive over two or three days a week after work to watch the builders' progress. He said he was delighted to give up yard work. They always said MP stood for Mo and Pat.
For 15 years, Mohler served on the Committee of 300. Well into his 90s, Mo ushered spectators to their seats for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. One of his favorite events was walking in the Belmont Shore Christmas parade with his fellow “red jackets.” For the last four years, he proudly rode in the Committee’s pace car in the parade.
Mohler served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and after his service, he resumed his 41-year career in procurement at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company followed by 12 years at Northrop Aircraft Company.
He was a devout parishioner at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, volunteered for Meals on Wheels and at the Long Beach Symphony.
Mo is survived by his wife Patricia; sisters Lorraine Verla Denike Gallo and Nancy Ellen Denike Karella; sons Gary and Gerald “Jerry” (Claudia); daughter Vicki (William “Barney” Nelson); grandson Royce Alan Mohler; granddaughters Toshia Mohler, Noëlle Victoria Quick-Landrey and Claire Alexandra Quick-Landrey; and great-grandson Riley James Swartsfager.
Mo’s philosophy of life can be best summed up by the saying “Do good, and never mind for whom.”
A celebration of life will take place on Oct. 23 at the Long Beach Yacht Club. Charitable donations may be made in his memory to the National Cat Protection Society of Newport Beach.