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We are very sorry to have to report that Clinton (Clint) Jennings, a San Francisco Opera Super for many years, has passed away on October 28th from a rapidly growing lymphoma. Clint will be remembered for his many roles, starting in 1985 and going on until 1997, when his last appearance was in Carmen at the Civic Auditorium, following other parts in Don Quichotte, La Bohème and as a sailor in Manon Lescaut. We learned of his passing at the recent Opera Guild Volunteer Recognition Reception from his dear wife, Esther, who supered herself from 1979 until 1997,often with Clint.
Clint served in the U.S. Army for 25 years and was taken prisoner by the Japanese at the fall of Corregidor. He was then taken to Japan and forced into slave labor for three and a half years. Late he served in Korea and also at the American Embassy in Turkey. After retiring from the Army, Clint went to work for the Bank of America for another 20 years.
Esther and Clint were volunteers for the San Francisco Opera Guild for 27 years, as well as for KQED and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Together they were awarded the Carol and Robert McNeil Volunteer Recognition Award in 2001. Esther is the president of the San Francisco Chapter of the Opera Guild. We will still be seeing her serving coffee and tea in the Employees Lounge during rehearsals and performances; sadly without Clint at her side.
Clint is also survived by a half-brother and by two daughters from a previous marriage.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Esther in her loss, after 34 years of marriage to a wonderful man.
- Tom Carlisle