In Memoriam: Patrick C. Clary, Esq.
Born on June 4, 1942, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He passed away peacefully on February 18, 2014, after bravely battling a long illness. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 37 years, Diane, his sister, Joan Davidson (Donald), his devoted son and daughter, Brian (Jenara), Bridget Burckhard (David), both whom reside in Reno, Nevada. He deeply loved and cherished his four grandchildren whom gave him such pride and joy in his life, Tyra, Bella, Jessica and Jacob.
Our community has lost a strong voice for the arts, for better international understanding, and for good government. He was a special friend to many, and an advocate of civic virtue. He will be missed, and will be remembered for the all the good work he did.
A native of Las Vegas, Pat graduated with honors from Las Vegas High School in 1960, attended the University in Reno, 1960-1962, where he was inducted into the Delta Sigma Rho National Forensics Fraternity; and received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from American University (AU) in 1965 and 1967, respectively; while a student at AU’s School of Government and Public Administration, he was inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha Honorary Political Science Society.
Active in the arts since his youth and trained in classical piano, M r. Clary was President of the A Cappella Choir at Las Vegas High School and President of the Young Friends of the Symphony in Las Vegas when Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic performed their only concert ever there.
Also active in the Democratic Party since his youth, Mr. Clary was a Democratic candidate in Nevada’s Second Congressional District in 1994 with the support of the Clinton-Gore Administration and shortly thereafter was General Counsel of the Nevada Democratic Party. Following his service as a page at the 1960 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles, Mr. Clary was appointed State Chairman of the Students for Kennedy-Johnson during the Presidential campaign in 1960. While a student at American University in Washington, D. C., starting in 1962 he worked under the patronage of then U.S. Senator Howard W. Cannon (D Nev.); he was Legislative Assistant to Hon. Walter H. Moeller, M ember of Congress (D-Ohio), 1966-1967.
He completed a three-year term as President of the Nevada Arts Advocates (NAA), a 34-year-old statewide organization that supports all the arts in Nevada. He is also an honorary board member of the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras. Mr. Clary was also a founder of the Las Vegas Philharmonic in 1998, served on its Board of Trustees.
He was the founder over decade ago of the Nevada Committee on Foreign Relations.
Memorial services will be held on February 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church Episcopal, 2000 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89104. A celebration of life will follow immediately.
In lieu of flowers, please make donation in his memory to the Las Vegas Philharmonic, 1412 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas NV 89146.