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John David Clemens 1923 - 2007

John David Clemens, 83, of Anacortes, Wash., died Oct. 7, 2007, at Island Hospital in Anacortes. He was born on Dec. 2, 1923, in West Chester, Pa., to Henry Donald and Helen (Teeters) Clemens. John attended West Chester High School and graduated in 1942.

At the age of 20, John was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and saw service with the 34th Bomb Group, as a bombardier in the Eighth Air Force, in the European Theatre, during World War II. In the spring and summer of 1944, John flew 29 missions over Nazi Germany and occupied France as a bombardier aboard B-24's, including the morning of June 6, 1944, "D-Day," as part of the liberation of occupied Europe. Before his honorable discharge in October of 1945, John also served as an instructor for Chinese air crews.

Following his service John met and married Constance Joachim in 1947. He attended the University of Delaware, graduating in 1950, with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for the DuPont Company in Wilmington, DE and in Texas, as a refrigeration sales engineer. Later, he owned and operated a business installing garage door operators. John retired from the Phoenix Cement Company in Clarkdale in 1997, where he was plant manager. He served as a Democratic Party delegate in St. George, Utah.

He is survived by his wife Constance; sons David (Sarah) of West Chester, Scott (Dolly) of Beijing, China, Peter (Tammy) of Ogden, Utah, Mark of Salt Lake City, Utah; daughter Janne (Yorihiro) Sawada of Kailua, Hawaii; 22 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister Alice Usinger of Media, PA and sister-in-law Mary Clemens of Kennett Square, PA.

A funeral service was held Oct. 13 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash. Arrangements were in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory Inc., Anacortes, Wash. To share memories of John, please sign the online guest register

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