Waters, Clarence L. (‘doc’), Cedar, Michigan


Died Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Munson Medical Center at the age of 91 years. “doc” was born December 23, 1919 to Clarence T. and Ethelyn Waters in Saginaw, MI. A sister, Donna Delight, preceded his birth. He became a brother to Thomas S., who preceded him, and sisters’ Sally (Joe) Heagany and Susan Chalmers. “doc” received his Pilot’s License while attending Bay City Junior College in 1939. He joined the US Army Air Reserves while attending The University of Michigan, School Of Architecture and Design in 1942 and went on active duty in 1942. He married Letty Waters on October 6, 1944 prior to going overseas. He flew the P-51 Mustang on twenty combat Missions out of England to Germany before the end of WWII and returned home in 1946. His first son, Thomas W, arrived in 1947 after “doc’s” graduation from the U of M, while employed at the Michigan Central Rail Road. He and Letty purchased a house in Detroit where two more boys blessed their home; Tim M. and David L., and he became a registered Architect. In a few years, they purchased the home “doc” grew up in and moved back to Saginaw where he practiced architecture designing various homes and buildings throughout the state. In the 1960s, he designed and built a home on River Rd in Tittabawassee Township. From here he and Letty, entertained friends, enjoyed nature, watched their boys education, saw his son Tim depart for a better place, Tom marry Janiece, David marry Pat and the arrival of their son Tim. As 1990 neared, Letty found a retirement apartment for them in Saginaw Township. From it, they traveled, visited the boys, grandson and friends, and went boating through the Great Lakes and Canadian waterways. “doc” became a self-taught baker and computer operator. In December 2009, they found themselves in short supply of local friends and relatives and were convinced to take up residence near Cedar MI. to be a helpful distance from son David and his family. “doc” will be missed by all who knew him. A gathering was held on Wednesday, July 27 at the VFW Post 7731 in Lake Leelanau. Memorials may be directed to Operation Homefront c/o Child and Dependent Care, 8930 Fourwinds Drive, Suite 340, San Antonio, TX 78239. Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.