Clarence Joy Laney was born October 7, 1947 in Morenci, Arizona to parents Clarence Joy and Jean Laney. He is the oldest of four children, 3 boys and 1 girl. When Clarence was two years old, his family moved from Arizona to Dallas, Texas, where he attended South Oak Cliff High School. Clarence entered the U. S. Army in February 1967 and during his three years of duty, he served two tours in Vietnam as a crane equipment operator.
Separating from Active Duty in October 1969, he married Pamela Crook on December 5, 1969, and had one child, Rebecca Joy Laney in 1974. He received an Associates Degree from Mountain View Junior College in Dallas and worked as a carpenter for twelve or thirteen years. Clarence attended American Trades Institute and received a degree in electronics in 1990. He worked for five years as a cabinet maker for the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas, and worked for the DeSoto Independent School District as the Supervisor of Maintenance. He has been employed for the past nine years for Lewisville Independent School District as Energy Coordinator. Clarence received his Bachelor of Science of Business Management from LeTourneau University, Longview Texas in 1996.
He was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on August 26, 1971 in DeSoto Lodge No. 1409, A.F. & F. M., and served as Master in 1989-1990. As a plural member of Nash Lodge No. 638, he served as Master in 1994-1995, and currently is a member of Stanfield Lodge No. 217, in Denton Texas. Exalted a Royal Arch Mason on October 22, 1974, at Z. E. Coombs Chapter No. 421 in Dallas, Texas and was advanced to Royal & Select Master in Z. E. Coombs Council No. 352 on November 4, 1974.
Z. E. Coombs merged with Love Field Chapter No. 478 and Council No. 396, where Clarence served as High Priest of the Chapter in 1991, and served as Thrice Illustrious Master in the Council in 1992. Clarence Laney has also served as High Priest and TIM of Dad Pender Chapter No. 80 and Dad Pender Council No. 50 in Denton Texas. He is a plural member of Midlothian Chapter No. 211, and Midlothian Council No. 148. He served as District Deputy of the Grand Council 1996-1997, and served as a board member on the York Rite Development for 3 years. Presently serving as the Grand Representative of the Grand Council of Utah near Texas and Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Iowa near Texas.
Knighted in Tancred Commandry No. 82 on March 19, 1984. Plural Membership obtained at A C Garrett No. 103 and served as Commander in 1995. Plural with Denton Commandry No.45 and served as Commander 1998-1999 and again in 2001. Drilled on Dallas Commandry No. 6 Drill Team for 11 years.
Became a member of Dallas Scottish Rite Bodies November 14, 1972 and served on the 4th, 23rd, 27th, and 28th degree teams. He has been a Noble of Hella Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. since 1972.
Other memberships, orders, and honors include: Charter member of Lyle L. Cross York Rite College and served as Governor in 2001, receiving the Order of the Purple Cross in 2000. Received the Super Excellent Masters Degree in 1984, and The Order of the Silver Trowel in 1997. Received the Knight York Cross of Honor December 1995, in Texas Priory No. 23. Received the Order of the High Priesthood in 1992. Current member of Rose of Sharon Council and serving as Excellent Chief. Member of Holy Stone AMD and charter member of William Barrett Travis AMD where he served as Sovereign Master in 1996. Member of the York Rite Esoteric Association. President of the Denton Scottish Rite Club 2001-2002. Member of St. Austin Conclave Red Cross of Constantine. Received the Knight Templar Cross of Honor on February 27, 2001. He has served on various special and constitutional committees. Past Patron of Nash Chapter No. 320 Order of the Eastern Star in 1992.
Companion Laney was elected Right Illustrious Grand Principal Conductor of the Work in December 2001.