Valley Resident and Oldest Man in America Dies at 111

News Staff

Clarence "Larry" Matthews of Indian Wells, the oldest man in America, has died at the age of 111.

His neighbor and friend, Larry Bonafide, says he died peacefully in his sleep Saturday with his family by his side.

Larry was born on May 1st, 1906 in Oakland, California.

He witnessed the effects of World War I, and World War II and supported his family through the Great Depression.

Larry had a successful career in the construction business in Huntington Beach before relocating to Indian Wells in 1972.

Larry has been generous here in the valley, including contributing to the building of St. Francis of Assisi Church in La Quinta.

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