Clarence Close was a general merchant who married Josephine Wilson in 1900. They raised a family of four children in Danville. He was very active on behalf of the community, serving as a Danville Grammar School and SRV High School Trustee, a Mason, a volunteer fire fighter and manager of the Danville Branch of the SRV Bank beginning in 1911. The couple was involved in the Grange and supported the Presbyterian Church.
Their son Dr. Wilson E. Close graduated from SRV Union High School and became a podiatrist. He was devoted to the area and served on many committees such as the County Highway Advisory Committee and the Danville Renewal Corporation. Always interested in local history, Dr. Close was one of the founders of the SRV Historical Society and purchased the Close Property plaque which was dedicated on Sept. 22, 1996.
By Beverly Lane, 2018
Sources: Essay by Irma M. Dotson, Virgie V. Jones’ “Historical Persons & Places In San Ramon Valley”, museum archives, various Wilson Close essays, two Contra Costa County Histories (1882 and 1917).