There are several Masonic Lodges in Southern Orange County, California, including Irvine Valley Masonic Lodge #671 F.&A.M. Irvine Valley Lodge #671 F.&A.M. is composed of the 1997 consolidation of two Lodges, consisting of San Clemente Lodge # 671 and Irvine Lodge # 841. Masonic code says that when two lodges merge (or consolidate) they make take a new name, but the Lodge Number of the older of the two becomes the number of the new Lodge; hence, San Clemente #671 became Irvine Valley #671.
San Clemente Lodge #671 was placed under Dispensation by the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of California in October 1928 and was chartered in 1929.
The Masons requesting the Dispensation for San Clemente Lodge included Master Masons whose “Mother Lodges” were as near as Charter Master Hal Fred Warner of Hollywood Lodge #355 in Hollywood, California and as far away as Charter Senior Warden Will James Barry of Mount Moriah Lodge #51 in Williston, North Dakota, and back again to Charter Junior Warden Bertram H. Latham of Ashlar Lodge # 306 in Colton California. Other Charter Members were from Lodges in Colorado, New Hampshire, Idaho and Compton (California). One of these interesting Master Masons was raised in Eureka Lodge (Seattle, Washington). He was a developer named Ole Hanson, who became the founding father (and master builder) of San Clemente, California. Another gentleman of note was Charter Master Hal Fred Warner whom you might think was the father of Pop Warner Football. That would be an error, but he was his nephew.
Irvine Lodge was placed under Dispensation in 1988, and chartered on April 23, 1989. It was the outgrowth of the Masonic Club at The Groves Mobile Home Community in Irvine. Their Charter Master was Richard Dean Hardage. The Senior Warden was James William DeWolf, and the Junior Warden was Utah G. Dennis.
The charter Members and the Masons raised during Dispensation were truly a bunch of committed Masons. They had no Lodge building, so for nine (9) long years they hauled, from members’ garages, all of their aprons, officer’s pedestals, and the usual Masonic paraphernalia needed in a Lodge. This was done a minimum of once a week, to rental buildings here and there in Orange County and back again to the garages.
As a result of the consolidation, they gained the San Clemente Lodge building at 3011 South El Camino Real which was later sold, and Irvine Valley Lodge moved to 23685 Birtcher Drive in Lake Forest, California, where they remain ready, willing and able to continue to take in good men and make them better.