Clements Ed Pausa
Oct. 18, 1930-Dec. 23, 2022
Submitted by Geoff Pausa
We are broken hearted to announce the death of our father, Clements Edward Pausa. He passed away peacefully with family by his side, at 92 years. Born October 18th, 1930 in South Gate, California. Son of Oscar and Kathleen Pausa. He leaves behind two sons, Geoffrey and Ronald Pausa along with two grandchildren, Zachary and Ashton Pausa.
Growing up in South Gate dad was into academics, music and custom cars. He graduated valedictorian from South Gate High School. Played the oboe in several marching bands including two Rose Parades.
After high school he enrolled in the Air Force ROTC and the California National Guard while attending UCLA. He then moved north to attended college at UC Berkeley where he joined the Delta Chi fraternity. It was working on a float for the Cal vs. Stanford “Big Game” that dad met his future wife, Janice Mary Hanson. They celebrated 54 years of marriage before she passed. He completed a B.S. Degree in Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Physical Metallurgy.
Having graduated from UC Berkeley he was commissioned in the Navy for 2 years, serving on the USS Montrose and the USS Gull during the Korean conflict. He remained in the Navy Reserves for 20 years and attained the rank of Captain.
Having completed his Navy commission he found work at US Steel in Pittsburg, California as a combustion engineer. A friend at the plant mentioned a job fair at a small startup company called Fairchild Semiconductor in Mountain View, California. He was hired in May of 1959. This turned out to be the start of a passionate and rewarding 35 year career. Later he joined National Semiconductor where he became an officer of the company, overseeing manufacturing plants around the world.
He retired from National Semiconductor in 1990 and used his experience to work as VP of two other companies, Power Integrations and Alphatec Group. He moved onto work as a consultant at Cooper & Lybrand. While at Price Waterhouse Cooper in 2004 he and a close friend created and published the “China Impact on the Semiconductor Industry” until 2017.
He would like to give his warmest to all his friends, colleagues and SIRS members for the love, laughter and support you showed him on his journey in life.
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