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John Clower
Retired Eastern Airlines Captain, John T. Clower, age 94, died Friday, February 15, 2013 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. John is survived by his wife Katharine "Kay" Trask Clower, New Smyrna Beach, FL, son, John T. Clower, III, Atlanta, GA, and son, Lea A. Clower, Gadsden, AL. He is also survived by cousins Pat Wathen Classon, and William "Bill" Wathen. John was born on August 16, 1918 in the small town of Carrabelle, FL which is on the Gulf Coast near Apalachicola. He graduated from Carrabelle High School in 1936, attended Riverside Academy, Gainesville, GA in 1937, and graduated from the University of Florida in 1941, lettering in baseball and football. When World War II came along, John volunteered for the U.S. Navy flight program and received his "Wings of Gold" at Jacksonville Naval Air Station, where he became "first pilot" on seaplanes, the PBY Catalina and the PBM Mariner, hunting for German submarines. After the war he joined Eastern Airlines, flying multiple types of aircraft, managing Charlotte, N.C. when it was a base for Eastern operations, and finally retiring as Captain on the Lockheed L-1011 Tri-Star. "J.T." was preceded in death by his parents, John T. and Lorene W. Clower, his sister, Virginia L. Clower, his first wife, Barbara H. Clower, and grandson, Jeffrey R. Clower. He is survived by the following extended family members: Grandsons; Lea A. Clower, Jr, wife, Anna, four great grand children, Edward A. Clower, wife Sonja, one great grand child; Granddaughters; Jennifer Clower Holder, husband, Mark, Karen Clower Norris, husband Eric, two great grandchildren, and Brita Clower Riner, husband Troy, one great grand child. We also want to include Kay's two children Terry and Kim Trask and families along with special care taker, Sue Stone. And too numerous to mention are the many hunting, fishing, and golfing friends. The family will have a private graveside service in the near future, and we say thank you to the many who have already expressed your love and concern. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, send a donation to . Condolences may be made online at


Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Feb. 19, 2013
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