Clarice Lorraine Schorzman
1939 - 2017
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May 3, 1938 ~ January 7, 2017

Clarice Lorraine Wallace Schorzman, a longtime educator and leader who spent 42 years in education, died January 7, 2017 at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. She was 78.
Born May 3, 1938 to Genevieve Lorraine Isom and James Boyd Wallace in Colville, Washington, she graduated from West Valley High School in 1956. She attended Eastern Washington State College, and in 1958 she married Lee West Schorzman.
Their sons, Boyd West and Britt West, were born in 1960 and 1962. She taught for nine years at Ritzville High, and after divorce and a move to Oregon, taught for seven years at Vernonia High. From 1981-1996 she was a principal at schools in Lincoln City, OR, Toledo, OR and Washougal, WA. She retired in 2007 after 11 years at Colton Middle School. She was named Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year in 2006.
In retirement, Clarice pursued her lifelong passions and traveled extensively in the United States and abroad. For 29 years, she hosted an off-beat (some would say bizarre) adult Easter egg hunt. A lifelong baseball fan and an avowed liberal, she was creative and often rebellious of conventions and wanted to know how everything worked.
She leaves behind sons, Boyd West Schorzman, 56, of Seattle, WA and Britt West Schorzman, 54, of Grants Pass, OR; daughter, Debbie Sokol Schorzman, 50, of Seattle; sister, Barbara Clausen, 71, of Kelso, WA; two grandsons, Benjamin West Schorzman, 28, of Eugene, OR and Byron West Schorzman, 26, of Vancouver, WA; and one great-granddaughter, Lillian Rae Schorzman.
Clarice's family will host a party in celebration of her life January 28, 2017 for all of those who knew her in lieu of a memorial service. Please email Debbie at dlschorzman@ for details and to be added to the guest list.
Any cards of sympathy can be sent to 2718 SE 138th Loop Vancouver, WA 98663. The family asks instead of flowers or money, please donate to Planned Parenthood.
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 11, 2017.