Willis Clark Graves Jr.


Former Malibu resident Willis Clark Graves Jr. died Jan. 29 at his home in Ketchum, Idaho. He was 78.

Graves was born on Aug. 25, 1926 in Los Angeles. He graduated from The Harvard School of Beverly Hills cum laude in 1944 and the California Maritime Academy. Graves served as a lieutenant in U.S. Maritime and U.S. Naval Reserves. He graduated from UC Berkeley cum laude in 1950 and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, UC Berkeley Honor Society and Delta Mu Delta Honor Society.

Clark was a former West Coast advertising manager for Curtis Publishing and The Saturday Evening Post; a former West Coast advertising manager and vice president for the Peterson Publishing Company; a former owner, manager and director of the University Athletic Club in Newport Beach and the Willamette Athletic Club of Portland, Ore. He was a member of the Western Advertising Golf Association, the Big Canyon Country Club and the California Alumni Association.

Clark was a sports enthusiast, a great fan of the UC Berkeley Bears. He was an avid golfer, accomplished skier and sailor, and lover of the surf and the beach.

Survivors include his wife, Lois G. Graves, his five children, Lynn Knudson, Leslie Hayes, Stefan Graves, Janet Lee Graves and Scott M. Grave, his nine grandchildren, Coco Knudson, Lindsey and Kyle Hayes, Rowan DeCosse Graves, Bodhi Downer, Tashina and Darshana Lane, and Sky and Sangjay Smith, and his three great-grandchildren Ashley, Keoni and Kaitlyn Downer.

A memorial services took place in Sun Valley, Idaho. A cremation preceded the service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice of the Wood River Valley, P.O. Box 4320, Ketchum, Idaho 83340.