Clinton Nick Knecht was called unexpectedly to Heaven on Sept. 7, 2012. He is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Winifred Knecht, and his beloved granddaughter Alexis Marie Knecht. Clinton is survived by his loving wife of over 50 years JordanAyne Knecht; sons Barton Knecht and wife Sharon, Steve Knecht and wife Chrissy, Thomas Knecht and wife Dyanne; daughter Lorii Cridge and husband Scott; sister Retha Waldrop and husband Robert; brother Larry Knecht and wife Paula; sister Ruth Ames and husband David; six grandchildren: Stephanie, Nicholas, Samantha, Ayngela, Chance, Brianna; one great-granddaughter Camryn; numerous nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. Clinton was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
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He was a successful businessman, avid outdoorsman, master gardener, and sports fan. He was born Feb. 9, 1941 in Marlin, Texas; he fell in love with the outdoors as a young child. Clinton graduated college from Eastern New Mexico University and taught elementary school until becoming long time business partners with his brother.
A resident of Los Alamos for 30 years, he was an active member of the community and coached baseball for many years. Clinton was an avid fisherman and hunter, and dedicated many hours volunteering to such organizations as Ducks Unlimited and Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club.
Clinton retired and moved to Placitas, NM in 1997, where he continued to work part-time until his passing. Clinton viewed everything in life as a lesson, and continued to be a mentor by sharing his learnings and teachings with the world every day. He will always be remembered for his smile, laughter, insight, kindness, and as a man who could never sit still except when watching his beloved Dallas Cowboys.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sept. 22, 2012 at Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Road Chapel, 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho. Interment to follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park, 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Clinton's honor to either Watermelon Ranch at wmranch.org, (505-867-5347), 1512 Deborah Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124 or the New Mexico ASPCA at aspca.org/donate. To view information or leave a condolence please visit danielsfuneral.com
Daniels Family Funeral Services, 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124, 505-892-9920
Published in Los Alamos Monitor from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18, 2012