C. Irwin Haydock

Clarence “C. Irwin” Irwin Haydock

April 15, 1938 - July 30, 2011

Clarence Irwin Haydock, Ph.D., California ecologist, passed away peacefully the evening of July 30, 2011, in Fountain Valley, Calif., having been born April 15, 1938, in Bakersfield, Calif.

As a boy, growing up in northern California he sculled a duck boat on San Francisco Bay in the winter and was a gondolier and glass-bottom boat guide in the Pacific Grove Marine Gardens for the summer.

He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Master of Science in marine sciences from Hopkins Marine Station (Stanford) and Pacific Marine Station (UOP). He then trained at the side of internationally known experts in ecology and fisheries biology and graduated from UC Davis in zoology (Ph.D., 1968).

He was a fourth-generation native (roots in the first tin-canning fruit industry in the Santa Clara Valley) with more than 50 years' direct experience and knowledge focused on statewide marine, estuarine and freshwater resources and their burgeoning problems.

For the past 30 years Dr. Haydock was involved in studies of man's impact on the ocean off southern California. He has authored or co-authored many scientific publications on a variety of water resources subjects. His career included work for the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project and Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, and he retired in 1997 after significant contributions to the Marine Monitoring Program and as a chief scientist of the County Sanitation Districts of Orange County.

He is especially proud of his work with the California Coastal Commission projects in the 1970s, his role as environmental advisor to Congressman Alphonzo Bell in the formation of the Channel Islands National Park and his years as chairman of the Huntington Beach Environmental Board working on local wetlands problems in the 1980s.

His extracurricular interest has centered on the history and future of California water resources. He was on Gov. Pete Wilson's CalFed Science Advisory Committee, has advised the National Water Research Institute (Orange County) and served his children and grandchildren through volunteer service to various watershed management committee activities in Orange County.

He remained engaged in the ongoing debate over critically scarce wetland habitats and plans for enhancement and restoration of the Bolsa Chica and Upper Newport Bay.

During this last decade Dr. Haydock remained focused on the Upper Newport Bay, where through a variety of forums he exhibited his grasp of current coastal zone politics, his network of colleagues throughout the environmental sector and the vision of an adaptive ecosystem based management concept "to protect the crown jewels of California," was how he put it.

Salty at times, but very soft-spoken, he was just as committed to helping others achieve their goals. His friends would say a valuable and irreplaceable reference book has disappeared from our shelves, as a truly great friend has disappeared from our lives; but we remember and so his work goes on.

C. Irwin Haydock, Ph.D., is survived by his sons, James Wesley Haydock, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Russell Courtney Haydock, of Murray, Utah, and daughters Marina Dee West, of Landers, Calif., and Lara Voeks, of Hood River, Ore., as well as 12 grandchildren amongst them.


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