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Wallace Clements

Wallace Edmund Robert Clements Feb. 3, 1923 - Jan. 20, 2013 Resident of Livermore Wallace Edmund Robert Clements, aged 89, of Livermore, CA and Montrose, CO died on Sat., Jan. 20, 2013 in Montrose, CO of complications from Alzheimer's. Wallace was born in Dixon's Corners, Ontario Canada on Feb. 3, 1923 and grew up in Ogdensburg, NY. His mother was Elma Dacie Thompson and his father was George Washington Clements. He is survived by two brothers, Paul and Mahlon Clements. His sister Georgina pre-deceased him. Wallace attended Houghton College before WWII. During the war he trained as a pilot in the Army Air Corps, attaining the rank of first Lieutenant. During a training exercise, his B-17 aircraft was hit by a fighter and lost one wing. Wallace was one of the two crew members that managed to escape the disabled bomber. After the war he graduated from Hobart College, and did graduate work in education at Harvard University. During the 1950's Wallace worked as a seismologist on oil crews surveying the northern Rocky Mountain region. After transferring to an office in Midland, Texas he met his future wife, Mary Helen Wygal, on a bus trip to ski in the Rockies. After they married, Wallace's job took them back to North Dakota and Montana. Tired of the cold winters, in 1960 they moved to the Bay Area and settled in Livermore, where Wallace worked as a technical editor for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. They resided in Livermore until 2008 when they moved to Colorado to be close to their daughter. Wallace enjoyed the outdoors through bicycling, hiking, and camping. He was an active member of the Valley Spokesmen bicycle club and the Sierra Club for many years. After he retired, Wallace and Mary Helen also traveled extensively. Wallace was a generous and civic-minded person who mentored junior employees in his department at LLNL, contributed to many charities, and volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America and the Big Brothers Association. Wallace is survived by his two brothers as well as his son, Gregory Minot Clements, his daughter, Amanda Ruth Clements, and four grandchildren, Jasper, Edelawit, Charlotte, and Gillian. There will be a memorial service for Wallace Clements, June 29th, 4pm-6pm, contact his daughter Amanda (970) 596-3283 for more information. Donations may be made in his memory to: Save the Redwoods League, www.savetheredwoods.org.

Published in Contra Costa Times on June 8, 2013
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