Clara Verginia Masters, 86, of Caldwell, ID, died peacefully at 10:40 p.m., April 12, 2018, at Ashley Manor in Middleton, ID. Delmer Masters, 90, of Caldwell, ID, died peacefully at 11:52 p.m., December 9, 2017, at Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Nampa, ID.
Clara was born on July 11, 1931, in Winnemucca, NV, to Otho Anthony Metcalf and Goldie (Dickinson) Metcalf. Delmer was born on March 23, 1927, in Mabank, TX, to Delmer Exel Masters and Sybil Connie (Baker) Fannin.
Delmer married Clara in Winnemucca, NV on November 22, 1947. They celebrated 70 years of marriage together serenading each other to the tune of “You Are My Sunshine.”
Surviving are her brothers, Robert Metcalf of El Sobrante, CA and Dick Metcalf of Gig Harbor, WA; and numerous nieces, nephews and other beloved family members. Surviving are his sister, Sara Catherine Caraway of Napa, CA; brother, James Paul Fannin of Fair Oaks, CA; and numerous nieces, nephews and other beloved family members.
Her parents, her sisters, Maxine, Lois, Betty, Barbara, and nephew Gary Metcalf, preceded her in death. His parents, his brother, Charles Thomas Masters, and niece, Laura Diane Broadbent, preceded him in death.
When Delmer was 18 years old, he was enlisted in the US Army on July 25, 1945. He served a tour in Germany from 1946 until his discharge in 1947. After his army service, he met and married his darling Clara and moved to McCall, ID, one winter, where he ran a ski lift. In 1950, Delmer and Clara lived in Boise, ID shortly before moving to Martinez, CA.
He was hired as a patrolman for the City of Martinez on October 1, 1953. Delmer was promoted to Sergeant on April 1, 1957. He served in the K-9 unit with his beloved German shepherd, Konig ‘Arno’ van Metzner. ‘Arno’ become Clara’s watch dog after his retirement from service. Delmer was then hired by the Contra Costa County Sheriff Department on March 23, 1961. He was put in charge of the Marsh Creek Detention Facility in Clayton, CA. He made significant improvements to the facility before he retired, as a Lieutenant from the Sheriff Department on March 31, 1976. Clara was very active and involved with volunteer activities at the detention facility and received special recognition for her service.
After retiring, Delmer and Clara moved to Twin Falls, ID where they lived for 20 years. From there, they settled in Caldwell, ID. Delmer and Clara were faithful Christians and active members of the Church of Christ in Meridian, ID. He and his wife established a Bible Outreach program several years ago, filming sermons at various churches of Christ across the country. Their videos provided sermons for small congregations that lacked a preacher.
Besides their church activities, family was very important to them. They enjoyed traveling throughout North America visiting family and friends along the way. Delmer & Clara were avid campers, often taking the roads less traveled through the back country. They always found the best fishing spots. The goose and the gander are together again and bonded forever.
Memorial Services will be held on April 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Linder Road Church Of Christ 1555 North Linder Rd., Meridian, ID. Lunch will be provided by the church after the services. Delmer and Clara will be interred at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise, ID. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.