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Watt Clinch ’52 was a third-generation Californian who was born in San Francisco. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1947 and from SCU with a degree in mechanical engineering. Watt joined the United States Naval Reserve in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1965 with a rank of lieutenant. Watt joined PG&E in 1958 after his discharge from active Navy duty and worked there for the rest of his career, nearly 29 years in jobs that took him and his family to communities throughout Northern California. Watt developed many meaningful and long-lasting friendships at PG&E that endured right up until the end. It was at PG&E that he met Claire, the “beautiful girl in personnel,” and they were married in 1959 and raised three children. They were both devoted parents and grandparents who, in retirement, relished taking the entire family on a family cruise and Hawaiian vacation. They also lavished heartfelt attention on their beloved little Lake Tahoe cabin: While Watt meticulously cared for the building, Claire decorated the home-away-from-home with secondhand furniture and quirky decorations. They loved spending time at the cabin, and were even happier when the children and grandchildren found enjoyment there, too. Watt was taken to heaven on Nov. 23, 2017, to be together again with his beloved wife of 54 years, who passed away much too soon in 2013. His children, grandchildren, and friends all mourn the loss of a special husband, father, grandfather, friend and colleague. Watt is survived by his three children and ten grandchildren: Brian (Amy), Max, Erin, Neil, Sam, and Logan; Katie Martin (Jim), Danielle, Nicole, and Sonny; and Kevin (Gini), Madeleine, and Rowan.