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Wendell McClenton (1959 - 2012)

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Wendell L. McClenton (Hambleton)

Wendell was born on April 11, 1959 in Los Angeles, California. He was baptized at an early age and remained spiritual throughout his life. Wendell led a full life that ended too soon on December 16, 2012. Wendell lived the majority of his life in Los Angeles before moving to the Reno/Sparks area in late 2009.

Wendell was a true Renaissance man. Wendell attended UCLA where he was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. After graduating from UCLA he was an aerospace engineer. In the 1980's he toured the world playing keyboards and the saxophone in a jazz band. He continued to compose music and play the keyboards his entire life. He worked for the forest service in his younger years. He was an all around athlete and football player. He was an amazing amateur artist. He could fly a plane and sail a boat. He volunteered time to the Exceptional Children's Foundation in Los Angeles for many years and took up attending the Relay for Life cancer walk once he moved to Northern Nevada. His accomplishments and interests were diverse and numerous. He could master anything he set his mind to doing.

In addition to his many talents and achievements, he will most be remembered for his compassion, humor and ability to make anyone, anywhere feel welcome and comfortable. He will be missed and lovingly remembered by family, friends and acquaintances across the country.

Wendell McClenton is survived by his wife of 19 years, Debby R. Hambleton; his mother and father, Charlie and Lewis McClenton; his brothers Kevin, Lewis (Butch) and Daryl McClenton; his sisters, Laura Figueroa and Michelle McClenton; his nieces, Renada Ward and Kalin McClenton; his nephew, Kevin Ward; as well as a number of other cousins, aunts and uncles.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on January 5, 2013 at David's Grill at the Resort at Red Hawk in Sparks at 1 pm.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30, 2012
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