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“Claude was a dear sweet man. I too knew him when he worked at Gates Elementary School. Everyone loved him. He will be missed. Paula ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Paula Franck - friend

“Mr. Makin was such a joy to the children at Gates Elementary. I had the privilege of working with him while I was a secretary at Gates Elementary...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Charlotte Fouse - Bellingham, WA

“Claude and I worked together for Crocker Bank back in the early 1980's. He was like a second father to many of us at the South Coast Plaza branch. He...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Jan (Elmquist) Parker - friend

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4 of 9 | Posted by: Marcielle Gosselin - Lake Forest, CA

“Claude was a gentle man, patriot and a great person. He will be surely missed by all. He always went out of his way to help others. Real “salt of...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Bruce Mclean - Lake Forest, CA

“Claude was such a sweet soul. We met at Gates School. He would always reserve a parking spot for me and open my classroom door. He would bring roses...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Janet Jackson - San Clemente, CA

“Claude, Sr., was the father of our brother-in-law, Claude, Jr. He was such a genteel man, always polite & engaging to all. Such a truly nice and...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Bob & Carol Wilt - Cornville, AZ

“Claude was a dear friend and neighbor. He was a truly unique individual. Friendly, outgoing and kind. He loved children and all of the kids in the...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Sharon Benson - Lake Forest, CA

“Claude was a good neighbor and good friend. Could not find a better neighbor. He loved helping friends and joining in neighborhood activities. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Baylis - CA


Makin, Claude Johnson born on May 23, 1924 passed away December 13, 2013 at the
age of 89. He lived in Lake Forest, CA and passed away near his home due to an
automobile accident. He is survived by his four children, Claude Makin, Jr.
(wife Sherrie), Steve Makin (wife Cathy), Linda Garza (husband Dave), and Sandra
Jo Makin; eight grandchildren, Matthew, Michael, Giselle, Genevieve, Mark, Linda
Jo, Claudia, and Christopher; and six great grandchildren, Anthony, De'Andre,
Jay'La, CJ, Anthony, Christina, Skyler, Alexis and Dylan. He was predeceased by
his older brother, John.

Claude was born in Grandview, Missouri, the second son of Harold Makin and Sarah
Johnson. After attending Grandview High School, Claude joined the Navy, and
while stationed at Santa Ana LTA, he met and married the love of his life,
Carmen Moss. They were married 29 years and remained best friends until the day
he died. Following the end of World War II, Claude was discharged from the Navy
and returned with Carmen to Grandview, MO, where they bought their first home.
By this time, Claude Jr. and Steve had been born, but Claude and Carmen decided
that they preferred the Navy life, so Claude re-enlisted. With his re-enlistment
began a life of moving from state to state every few years and many new homes,
friends and schools, along with the addition of Linda and Sandra Jo. Claude flew
blimps for the Navy off the coast of the US during WWII, once spotting an Axis
submarine; when he re-enlisted, he continued to fly blimps. After being caught
flying a blimp in a violent storm and being forced to make an emergency landing
in Bermuda, Claude decided it was time to stop flying. He then went into Public
Relations and Training for the Navy at NAS Los Alamitos and NAS Dallas. After
retiring from the Navy in 1969, he worked for Crocker Bank as a Branch Manager
until he retired at age 60. He then spent 19 years as a playground and noon
supervisor at Gates Elementary, where he was known as "Grandpa Claude." Finally,
after a couple of years off, he volunteered at Heritage Christian School in Lake
Forest until he was 88 years old! He was affectionately known there as "Mr.
Claude."

Claude was active in the Knights of Columbus, ushered at Santiago de Compostela
Catholic Church, and went to Costco at least twice a week to get his "Costco
fix"! He had a strong faith in Christ, which manifested itself in everything he
did. He truly became an ambassador of Christ to countless people. He never met a
child he couldn't hug; his greatest joy was working with children.

Visitation: Wednesday, December 18, 5-9 p.m. at McCormick & Son Mortuary Chapel.
Vigil: 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
Thursday, December 19, 11a.m. at Santiago Catholic Church
Interment with Military Honors
Thursday, December 19, after Mass at Ascension Cemetery
Reception
Thursday, December 19, after interment at Santiago Catholic Church

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