Funeral services are pending for an 111-year-old Indian Wells resident who had held the title of America’s oldest man since May 2016.

Clarence Lawrence Matthews, who died on Saturday in Indian Wells, a desert resort community east of Palm Springs, was born in Oakland on May 1, 1906, and had lived in the Coachella Valley for more than 40 years.

He was the son of Frank and Maryanne Matthews, according to Gerontology Wiki. He married Barbara Hischier in Oakland on 9 June 1931 and the couple had two children, according to the site. After Barbara died, Matthews married his second wife, Kay, whom he has also outlived.

Following his death, Richard Overton, a Texas resident who is also 111, takes over as the nation’s oldest living man, according to the Gerontology Research Group. Overton was born 10 days after Matthews.

–City News Service

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