Clarence E. Willis

Date of Birth

May 30, 1967

Date of Death

March 23, 2021

Clarence Willis was born in the city of Jackson, MS. and the oldest son of Verlean Willis.

Clarence was a graduate of Wingfield High School, where he played drums in the marching band all four years. He immediately entered the US Navy after graduation, and served as a Machinist Mate and Military Police Officer.

He left the U.S. Navy in 1992 and worked as a supervisor in various government and aviation jobs in Lompoc, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. He finally found a home with the Metropolitan Transit District of Santa Barbara, where he worked in total of 17 years. The community fondly nicknamed him, “The Singing Bus Driver”.

Clarence is survived by his wife of 20 years, Elizabeth Willis, sons: Joshua and Nathaniel Willis, and Daughter: Nayada Ponce (Daniel) and three grandchildren: Isaiah, Elijah and Leonardo. His mother Verlean and brother James Willis.

Clarence was a believer in Christ Jesus and shared his beliefs to everyone he came across.

He will truly be missed.

Services will be held at:
McDermott-Crockett & Associates Mortuary
2020 Chapala St
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

On Saturday April 17, 2021 at 11 am

Live stream of the services will also be available.


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