With his family by his side, Clem Pine passed away at this home in Klamath Falls on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.
Clem was born in Missoula, Mont., in 1924 to Clem and Lulu Pine and spent most of his youth in Marin County, Calif.
In 1942, he enlisted in the Army
Air Corps and became a tail gunner in a B-17, flying 25 successful missions over Europe. After volunteering for another tour, Clem's plane was shot down over Germany and he spent the remainder of the war as a Prisoner of War. Clem was awarded the Purple Heart
, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Military Merit Award, and numerous other honors for his service during World War II
and his military career afterwards.
In 1945 he returned from the war, met and married Ann Drury, and together they spent the next 27 years in the Air Force, serving tours in Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, and many locations throughout the United States. He retired as a chief warrant officer in 1971 after being stationed at Kingsley Field for three years.
During the years following his retirement, Clem worked at Cashway Plywood, opened a pre-hung door business, went to hundreds of Henley High School athletic events, built his own home in Poe Valley, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with friends and family, and traveled extensively with Ann.
Clem was a diverse person with many interests and talents. He loved all kinds of music and loved playing the guitar. He was an avid reader and loved to garden, but above all, he loved spending time woodworking in his shop. He was a talented craftsman who, over the years, built hundreds of pieces of beautiful furniture and helped many friends and family members with remodeling projects.
Clem was a generous, humble, kind and tolerant person who found the goodness in everyone and always enjoyed being around diverse and interesting people. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by Ann, his wife of 67 years, and his six children Becky Martin, Steve Pine, Grant Pine, Harlan Pine, Lynne Pine and Kim Pine, and foster son Don Bailey as well as nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, longtime friend Art Sturgeon, and many other great friends who he cherished.
A celebration of life is planned for Friday, Jan. 11, at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Laki Church.