Obituary of William H. (Bill) Clemens |

Obituary of William H. (Bill) Clemens

William Clemens

William H. (Bill) Clemens died March 31, 2015, in the comfort of his home in Penn Valley, California. He was 80.

A memorial will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 12860 La Barr Meadows Road in Grass Valley.

Bill was born Feb. 8, 1935, in Long Beach, California, to Guy and Margaret Clemens.

He graduated from Stockton High School and then went on to graduate from San Diego State College.

As a captain in the U.S. Marines, he flew helicopters and was a flight instructor for T28’s in Pensacola, Florida.

He married Dianne, his wife of 50 years. In 1964, he began flying for TWA, which lasted for 27 years. He retired as a captain in 1990 to Penn Valley, where he has been for the past 25 years.

Bill loved any game with a ball, especially baseball. Traveling, camping, fishing, boating, skiing and driving “Old blue” full of oak with Kizzy, his dog, were favorite pastimes.

Bill’s dry, quick wit is already missed. He is remembered as “Grandpa Goofy.”

He is survived by his wife Dianne; son Will (Dannielle); granddaughters, Brooklyn and Sonora of San Luis Obispo, California; brothers, Paul (Jan) Clemens of Charlotte, North Carolina, and John (Delores) Clemens of Inverness, Florida.

Bill was preceded in death by his father and mother, Guy and Margaret Clemens.

To find out about Bill’s hope for the future, go to

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