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Dennis Lee Clare

August 9, 2014


It is with a heavy heart that we inform everyone of the passing of Dennis Clare Sr. He was an amazing man who lived life to the fullest.

Denny was born in San Francisco on October 20, 1934 to Finis Clare and Gladys Hunt Williams. He joined the Army in 1951 and served honorably as a tank specialist and mechanic and could "get you on the road". His great uncle Stewart Hunt was the Sheriff of the city of Tombstone Arizona from 1905-1909, and Denny followed in his footsteps and became a Law Enforcement Officer for many years. He was well liked by his fellow officers, and performed many tasks, such as Search and Recovery, was a Certified High Explosives Technician, Department Armorer and Expert Marksman, Head of the SWAT Team, and was an all around great guy and prankster. His fellow officers made hats that said "I worked with Sgt. 'Crazy' Clare and Survived" and they all wore them. In 1989 after a distinguished career he retired to Carson City Nevada, and later moved to Reno. He worked for Washoe County School District for 13 years and his last assignment was at Diedrichsen Elementary School where he made many friends there. He had an amazing sense of humor and kept everyone laughing. He left an indelible impression in the world and will be sorely missed. He enjoyed hunting, shooting, horseback riding, running, walking and staying fit and active.

He is survived by his wife Lona, two step-children Kellie and Kyle, 4 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, his sons David and Dennis, a daughter Christina, three grandchildren Adam, Megan, and Elizabeth, a great-granddaughter Charlotte, and many members of the Clare Clan from Canada with whom he was close.

A Military Service will be held to honor him at the Veteran's Cemetery at 14 Veteran's Way in Fernley Nevada on Friday, August 15th at 10:00 a.m.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Aug. 13, 2014
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