ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Claire English. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Walter Kaufmann on February 27, 2021
Claire was a sweet girl who brought much happiness to everyone who met her.

It was a privilege to have played a role in her medical care.

Walter E. Kaufmann, M.D.
Posted by Anvita Ambardekar on February 26, 2021
She was an amazing girl and a wonderful friend. I loved being in ASB with her and spending so many great times together. Claire was full of energy and optimism, making ASB light up! I have looked up to her in more ways than one. She showed me that you can overcome any challenge if you put your mind to it.
Posted by Rodney Bayaca on February 26, 2021
Thank you Claire for being a part of our lives at DMS and being a part of inspiring our lives. We will remember your smiles, your eyes, and impact with our students. You will be missed.

Our deepest regards and condolences to the entire family.

Sincerely,
the Bayaca Family
Posted by Jennifer Fuentes on February 25, 2021
I met Claire at Gardner Middle school. She was an angel I will always remember how her smile could light up the room. Claire had countless expressions that spoke mountains. She had a brave bold spirit and one that I will never forget. She was a true angel and a champion like no other.
Posted by Amy Boschen on February 25, 2021
I met Claire and her family just a few days after she was diagnosed with Rett syndrome
I still remember Jared and Colleen at church, reeling from the new information, and not sure what it meant yet. They introduced me to Claire and I shared that I had just read an article about a little girl with Rett Syndrome. They seemed comforted to meet someone who had even heard of it.
Cut to a few years later, I was in school to become a medical assistant and I asked them if I could do a video report on Claire and her condition for a school project. I sensed they were a little hesitant to make their daughter someone's school project, but they agreed. Claire was a star and totally stole the show. By the end of the presentation, my class was all in love with Claire and there wasn't a dry eye left in the room. I've gone on to have other roles in medicine and throughout the years I've thought of Claire's example many times. I even saved a patients life once because I paused (thinking of Claire) and asked questions about her non-verbal behavior, which solved the emergency. I've run in to former classmates who have carried Claire in their minds as they treated patients with various conditions. She showed us early on to ask questions, to not assume, and to always let someone do as much as they are capable of (and maybe a little bit more).
Claire was a champion for so many and that's how I will always think of her. She packed about as much adventure as possible in to 15 years and we should all be eager to imitate her, no matter how many years we have. Thank you, Claire. I will be more open, more resilient, and more compassionate because of you.
Posted by Sandra Cadell on February 24, 2021
You never can really forget that laugh. It is an honest laugh a laugh that came from the deepest places and thus, much more satisfying. I never understood what grit and determination meant until I met Claire. She was this golden little bundle when I met her and I watched her grow into a feisty young woman who took what was given to her and turned it around. She is a fighter. I will not ever say was because in my heart she is swimming freely with the mermaids.

I will just share the story that is my favorite Claire story from Chrysalis. When Claire got control of the AAC visual scanner, she learned to use it with the fierce determination she does everything with. I was being shown all the great words and ideas she could share and decided to challenge her.

I told her to tell me a joke. She giggled and then looked at the AAC. In a beat, the mechanical voice said "Sandra blob" and she laughed with that clear deep full soul laugh that she had. And then she looked at me and smiled. I knew I was in the club at that point. Claire had welcomed me in and did it with her wit. 

Coleen, you have always amazed me. I know that this isn't a tribute for you, but I can not think of Claire and not think of the strong and amazing woman who passed that grit and determination on to her daughter. Oh that I could have had some of those wonderful baked goods we talked about back in the day over coffee.

Your family is part of mine, and always will be. Claire was, as I said, one of my first students. And you never really forget your firsts.

Posted by Tim McNeely on February 23, 2021
Claire was, and always will be, one of my greatest teachers. And, to be visited on earth by such an angel should tell you a lot about the kind of parents Colleen and Jared are.
With deep love and sympathy,
Tim
Posted by PHILIP MURPHY on February 23, 2021
Dear Colleen, Jared and Chloe,

When Kevin called with the news, we said a prayer for you and Claire. We have fond memories of seeing her beautiful, smiling face when she visited our home on Powers Lake. She will forever be in our prayers.

Gail & Phil
Posted by Susan Grenz on February 23, 2021
Dear Colleen, Jared and Chloe —
Although I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Claire, I so much enjoyed any picture or report shared by your sweet mom and dad throughout the years. Claire was a beautiful girl and I’m sure an immense blessing to you all, and I know your hearts are so broken. I am praying for you today and in the days ahead, that God strengthens you and guides you and fills you with his peace knowing your little girl is walking with Him. Love you. . Sue Grenz
Posted by James Krampert on February 22, 2021
We were saddened to hear about Claire's death. We met Claire only once in Palm Desert when our families visited several years ago at the winter home of my sister, Karla Walters. She was a lovely and exceptional girl. Our feelings go out to you and your family for this loss.
Posted by Mel Lancaster on February 22, 2021
Dear Colleen, Jared and Chloe,

One thought has brought me great comfort through the years-
We are all made of stardust.

To me, that means all life is interconnected, that not only are we part of the Universe, the Universe is part of us. Claire is a shining example of stardust that has been a beacon in this, often, dark world. I cannot imagine that such a light will ever dim and will serve as a guide for all of us, as our own wheels of life turn.

Claire is like a lotus flower, floating down a river filled with golden fish leaping all around her, in joy. I hope that the day will come when I am standing on the bank and for one moment, I can wade into those crystal-clear waters and hold her aloft; knowing, as she has shown, that pureness of heart is possible in a world of suffering, that seemingly fragile flowers can bloom in adversity, and being absolutely present in that and every moment is the richest of rewards.

You gave her that through all your hope, adventures and constant love- absolute presence in every moment. I imagine, then, her spirit will continue to be present within you, every moment, until you all meet again upon the river of eternity.

So much love to you all.

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Recent Tributes
Posted by Walter Kaufmann on February 27, 2021
Claire was a sweet girl who brought much happiness to everyone who met her.

It was a privilege to have played a role in her medical care.

Walter E. Kaufmann, M.D.
Posted by Anvita Ambardekar on February 26, 2021
She was an amazing girl and a wonderful friend. I loved being in ASB with her and spending so many great times together. Claire was full of energy and optimism, making ASB light up! I have looked up to her in more ways than one. She showed me that you can overcome any challenge if you put your mind to it.
Posted by Rodney Bayaca on February 26, 2021
Thank you Claire for being a part of our lives at DMS and being a part of inspiring our lives. We will remember your smiles, your eyes, and impact with our students. You will be missed.

Our deepest regards and condolences to the entire family.

Sincerely,
the Bayaca Family
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That sly smile

Shared by Barbara Slocum on February 24, 2021
Jared and I were colleagues at Ducati.  But it was always more like a family. I will always remember when Colleen and Jared were pregnant with Claire.  I was so excited to meet her.  And then when they brought her into the office, I was smitten.  She was so cute, with the rosy cheeks and always smiling.  I remember when they received the diagnosis for Rett Syndrome.  They, as a family, tackled it head on.  Colleen would bring Claire into the office to have lunch with Jared and I would always try to crash their lunch dates.  I loved being with Claire.  I would always try to make her laugh, but she would give me that look, you know the one, the sly wicked smile.  She was telling me that I was not very funny!  When they moved to Southern California, I watched her life vicariously through social media (thanks Colleen!) and was so proud of her accomplishments.  I will miss that beautiful soul.  I love you English family.
Shared by Madison Galat on February 23, 2021
Claire was such an amazing girl and I’m so lucky to have known her.  As soon as I heard that she would be joining our ASB class I begged Mrs. Fry (our adviser) if she could be a part of the committee I was leading. I’m so grateful and lucky that she was able to be a part of this group. Claire helped make so many memories and decisions in that classroom.  But Claire became more than a classmate, she became my friend. I’ll always cherish celebrating her 14th birthday at her bowling party. A memory that always makes me laugh was when we had spirit day at school. It was twin day and I was extremely excited when Claire agreed to be my twin. I clearly remember helping my mom pick out a shirt for us to wear.  It was Star Wars since I knew she was a fan. We mistakenly and foolishly however, did not pick the dark side. When I asked her if she liked the shirt and if we should wear it she told me “no.” So we picked out a more fitting one for us to wear. I found this hilarious because she was so straightforward and upfront. This was something I truly admired about Claire. She always told the truth instead of going along with something she clearly didn’t want to do. I loved asking and getting her opinion on everything, especially when we worked on our University of Santa Cruz project for the college fair. I loved the way she would look at you if you did something silly or something funny happened. She brightened up a room as soon as she entered and made everyone around her smile.  I’m so happy to have had her in my life and to have the memories we have together. Her personality was like no other. I feel lucky that I was able to call her my friend. Claire was an incredibly smart, brave, strong, happy person who touched the hearts of many, including my own.  
Shared by Melinda Frank on February 23, 2021
I first met Claire at Ysabel Barnett Elementary School when I was just a substitute LVN at the time. I remember just being blown away at what an angelic beauty she was. She lit up the room. A few years later, I got to be her nurse at Gardner Middle School, and that's when I learned Claire's true Character, and just how funny she could be. She used to pretend to be asleep as soon as she was in a class she found "boring', and I remember the first time I asked her if she was really sleeping because she started laughing, and so I asked her a few more times, and each time she chose the answer ,no, and giggled. She truly made my days brighter with that little giggle of hers. After she moved on to Day Middle School with a new nurse, I ended up over at Day Middle School the following year with another student. It was great to be around her again and see that her personality had not changed at all. I was able to make her laugh often. One of my fondest memories at DMS was helping Claire get ready for a date she was going to have after school with her dad.  Her mom had sent her makeup with her for a very light and natural look to be done, and because I am a former Cosmetologist, her nurse asked if I would do her makeup since she didn't feel she would do as good of a job. Claire seemed so pleased, and after I showed her in  a mirror how beautiful she looked, she had the sweetest smile that just warmed all of our hearts that day and everyday. I did not know anything about Rett Syndrome before meeting Claire, but because of her, I wanted to learn as much as I could. I read endless articles, watched YouTube videos about it,  just so I could better understand it for her benefit, but the true understanding came from knowing her. She touched so many lives, and I'm so thankful to have known her. I know I am just one of many who loved her and who will miss her. She will never be forgotten.