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Clarence Estey was born on June 29, 1917 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He was educated in the Albert and Victoria schools and then at Nutana Collegiate, Saskatoon. He continued his studies at the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1938 and an L.L.B. in 1940. In 1941 he was called to the bar but instead he enlisted in the Canadian Army. He served overseas in England for 3 years and went to France with the 67th Light Anti-Aircraft Battery soon after the initial invasion of France in June 1944 . He was wounded in the Battle of Falaise and was evacuated to England and then to Canada.
In 1945 he married Virginia Grace of Edmonton and they had three children: Jean Virginia, Susan Edythe and James MacKinnon. Estey was very active in the community and sat on the Saskatchewan School Board as a trustee and later as the Chair of the board. He also practiced law and was a respected barrister and solicitor of his time, being appointed as Queen's council in 1956, and serving until 1967 when he was elected to the legislature as an M.L.A. representing Saskatoon Nutana Centre constituency, a post he held till 1971.
On November 3, 1967 he was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs, a portfolio he held till September 1, 1970. In June of 1969 he was assigned responsibilities and was appointed Minister of Saskatchewan Indian and Metis Department, serving till September 1, 1970. In 1974 he was appointed a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench and served in this capacity until his retirement. He died on March 5, 1995 in Saskatoon.