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The son of Constance (96 years old) and David LeBaron (deceased), Clyde LeBaron ’73 MBA ’80 was a native of the Bay Area, attending St. Williams grammar school in Los Altos, Bellarmine College Preparatory High School in San Jose, and SCU for both his undergraduate and MBA degrees. An avid athlete and lover of all sports, Clyde was inducted to the Hall of Fame at both Bellarmine for tennis (class of ’69) and is a soon-to-be inductee at SCU for football (class of ’73.) Although the character of Clyde was formed at Bellarmine, he cherished friendships from St. Williams and created incredible memories and lifelong friends at Santa Clara. He truly enjoyed his academic and athletic life as a Bronco and always supported the University in whatever way he could. Clyde also met the love of his life, Ivana (Artukovich) LeBaron ’73, during his sophomore year, and they have been together ever since (for over 48 years). Following in the footsteps of his father, uncle, and grandfather, Clyde was a part of the LeBaron family food brokerage business for almost 30 years, where he worked his way up from sales to CEO. Clyde consistently cultivated a culture of professionalism and instilled “old fashioned” business practices. He believed hard work should be rewarded; business was always done best in person; and respect is given to every member at every level of the corporation. Although Clyde accomplished many professional milestones and accolades, his two distinguished accomplishments were being awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boys & Girls Scouts of the America Mount Diablo Council and the Northern California Food Brokers Charles Emory “Good Citizenship” award, which was presented for his lifetime achievements in the food industry. His unwavering work ethic, attention to detail, dedication, personability, foresight, and intellect gave Clyde the opportunity to retire in his early 50s. A uniquely bright and compassionate individual, Clyde enjoyed his retirement years well by traveling all over the world with Ivana, involving himself in both commercial and business real estate projects, spending quality time with his family and friends, and truly devoting thought and resources into being a man for others through various philanthropy causes and projects. Clyde was nothing short of a one-of-a-kind human experience. He had the uncanny ability to be both confident and kind, driven yet grounded, witty but thoughtful, ingenious yet personable—and he always lead his life by example. He loved the simple things in life: his rock & roll, cold beer over ice, good food, great company, but strived to educate himself on things he did not know in an attempt to satiate his sense of adventure. A true gentleman, Clyde always prioritized three foundational pillars in life: his Catholic faith, his family, and the importance and continuance of education. He always viewed his family and close friends as his greatest gifts and intentionally made every effort to support and guide them in whatever capacity within his power. Clyde passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends in San Jose on Feb. 18, 2019, after a yearlong battle with glioblastoma brain cancer. An incredible husband of Ivana (39 yrs); exceptionally loving father of Danielle (David), Adriana, and Francesca LeBaron ’10; cherished Papa to Lućija (6yrs), Alexandra (3years), and Vivienne (8 months); and a remarkable brother to Rogers, Cathie, Connie, Paul, Nancy, Mary, Joanne, David LeBaron ’84, and Tim.