In Loving Memory of Clarence Luckett, SR.


Clarence Luckett, Sr. was born to the union of Ned Luckett and Alma Jordan in Oakwood, Texas on August 30, 1931. He was the youngest of 5 children. He attended Brown Chapel in Fairfield, Texas with his family and accepted the Lord at a young age. The Luckett family moved to Berkeley, California when Clarence was a youngster and he attended Berkeley Public Schools. He enlisted and proudly served as a Corporal in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. Upon discharge from the army he became a forklift operator at Norton Airforce Base in San Bernardino, California. In the early 1950's Clarence moved to Oakland, California to reunite with his mother and siblings. That is where he met a young woman that worked at his mother's restaurant named Edith Jefferson. Clarence and Edith married in 1956 and four children were born to this union: Sylvia, Darryl, Alma and Clarence Jr. In the mid 1960's Clarence moved his young family to Yakima, Washington. He later found better job opportunities in Western Washington so he moved his family to Bellevue, Washington. He became the first African American crane operator in Seattle. He was a strong proponent of education, encouraging his children to learn all that they could. He was a life-long learner taking classes at Bellevue Community College. Clarence enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoors sports. He loved watching westerns, ballgames and kept up with current events. He loved to spearhead family events. There are dozens of people in the Luckett clan and he did his best to make sure everybody knew, or at least knew of, everybody. He would often take groups of family out to dinner to facilitate strong family bonds. He played a mean game of dominoes and had a quick wit. He won many friends with his charming qualities and was loved by all. Clarence retired from the Operators Engineers Union in 1992. In 1999 Clarence married Ruby Scruggs Darris. They attended Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Seattle, Washington. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby D. Luckett and daughter, Sylvia Denise Luckett. Two brothers, Travis Luckett and Virgil Luckett. Two sisters: Freddie Lee Wiggins and Willie 'Delois' Durham. He leaves to cherish his memory, his first wife, Edith Mae Luckett. Three children: Darryl Andra Luckett (Claudette) of Kenmore Washington, Alma Luckett Allen of Seattle, Washington, and Clarence Dewayne Luckett Jr., of Renton, Washington. Eight grandchildren: Jessica Denise Allen-Garibaldi (Rosie) of Burien, Washington, Gerald Duane Allen Jr., Joel David Allen, and Jordan Dominique Allen of Seattle, Washington, Roquesan Shannon Luckett of Minneapolis, Minnesota, William Kyle Luckett, Amanda Nicole Luckett and Savannah Reece Luckett of Kenmore, Washington and a host of extended family and friends.

Always in our hearts ...