“Mad-Dog” Clarke Guzzi passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, Jan. 25, in the presence of his family and friends.

In typical fighting form, Clarke battled his ailments until he did not need to anymore. In fact, he preferred going to the beach to check the surf – twice – instead of making the trip to the hospital just two days before his passing!

Mad-Dog was a gifted athlete, having pioneered the art of surfing from a young age. He also had a natural ability to give life to everything he touched, be it his garden or the many pets he rescued.

Clarke affirmed to his daughters not to worry about him. They kindly ask that no one worry about Mad-Dog, that he is surfing gracefully with the same fearlessness he demonstrated throughout life. Katie and Camille, his daughters, would like everyone to visit Clarke at the North Jetty, paddle out and drop in in his honor (or just build a sand castle)!

Further, all who knew Clarke are invited to a celebratory potluck at his residence on Saturday,Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. For details, please contact Catherine at 707-443-5117, cathi_buy@yahoo.com.

A formal memorial will be organized at a later date. Clarke is survived by Katie, Camille; his sister Margo, brother Kent, niece Karrie and her daughter, Marie, nephews Curtis and David; Uncle Frank and family; all other Canadian relatives, and all of his dear friends old and new from Humboldt County’s diverse community of surfers, healers, and gardeners.  


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