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Cleon Joseph Biter, 76, passed away Friday, December 9, 2016 at his home in Longmont. He was born April 27, 1940 in Dover, Delaware to Edward and Mary (Bolan) Biter. Cleon grew up and graduated from high school in Dover. He attended Parks College of St. Louis University earning a BS degree in Aeronautics in 1961 and continued his education with graduate courses in atmospheric science at Colorado State University. Cleon moved to Boulder, CO from Virginia in 1966 with his former wife, Suzanne Hart, and their three daughters, Audrey, Barbara, and Rebecca. On February 28, 1981 he married Toni Chapman. They lived in Longmont for 35 years, aside from a 10-year retreat in Apple Valley, Lyons, CO. Cleon was a research meteorologist with the U.S. Navy Weather Research Facility in Virginia for five years and then worked for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder for 29 years, retiring in 1995. While at NCAR he received an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurals Award and an NCAR Technology Advancement Award. After retiring from NCAR he continued his career as a consulting meteorologist from 1995-2009. Cleon was passionate about aviation. He earned his private pilot's license at the age of 17 and continued with his love of flying up to early November when he flew his last flight in his RANS S-19. He was a Master Certified Flight Instructor Emeritus, held numerous pilot ratings including land, sea, instrument, private and commercial and was a flight instructor for several years at Longmont's Vance Brand Airport as well as Mile High Gliding in Boulder. Over the years, he belonged to many professional aviation organizations and most recently was also a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 43 having built his own experimental aircraft. A man of curiosity, he was always interested in learning new subjects and skills. He loved to read, especially science and aviation subjects. He enjoyed golf, target shooting, and was honing a new interest in building robotics. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother George Durney and sister Maryanne Craver. Cleon is survived by his wife Toni, three daughters Audrey Potter (Rick) of Australia, Barbara Kawczynski (Thomas) of Longmont, and Rebecca Biter, of Hawaii, step-son Paul Chapman (De) of Larkspur, CO, grandchildren Sandra and Katie Potter, Eric Kawczynski and Biven Chapman, brother Edward Biter (Wee), sister Isabel Gonya, and other extended family members. A celebration of his life will take place 11:00am Friday December 16, 2016 at Faith Community Lutheran Church, 9775 Ute Highway, Longmont, CO 80504. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Memorial contributions can be made to EAA Chapter 43 and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Visit to share condolences.

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Published in The Daily Camera on Dec. 12, 2016.
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January 23, 2020
Requiescat in Pace Cleon
It was nice to know you.
Ren Tescher
January 17, 2017
Tony, I was so sorry to hear of Cleon's death belatedly. I owe my life to him, literally. I had an incident in 2008 while flying solo to Alaska where, along with 2 other planes in our caravan flown by IFR instructor pilots with co-pilots aboard, I encountered unexpected instrument conditions as a VFR pilot. Cleon's training, especially his constant reminders to "just fly the plane" got me through over 50 minutes of the toughest, scariest flying in my life and back onto the ground safely. I called him later that day to thank him, and he called me back later to talk more about it. I was so fortunate to have him for the majority of my private pilot training, and to have him in my corner for the almost 6 years it took to regain my medical after a TBI. He was an amazing person and I'll never forget his friendship.
January 2, 2017
when we arrived in boulder in 1967. cleon was already an "old timer" at ncar. he was welcoming and his humor and good nature helped to make us feel at home. i hadn't seen him for a long time but often thought of him and was sorry to read that he had passed. i hope to hear his laugh again. roland madden
December 18, 2016
Toni and family,

I was so sorry to read the obituary of Cleon. I remember you saying that he was building a plane at your house. You are in my prayers as you go forth in life.

Diane Briggle
December 18, 2016
Cleon on left, Chuck Wade center and Brant Foot right
Toni et al:

I am so very sorry for your loss. I REALLY liked Cleon, though I haven't seen him for many years. I remember the help he gave me many times when he was a Project Manger at RAF. I remember him well from the 1991 CCOPE experiment in Miles City, Montana (see photo), for interactions with him before and after. My since best wishes to you, Toni, and to all of the other family members.
Andrew Heymsfield
December 16, 2016
Dear Toni and Family,
It was with deep sadness that I learned only yesterday about Cleon's passing. You must know that I owe much of my success in my field programs long ago with the NCAR Queen Air's to Cleon's friendship and support. When the time is right I will share some stories from those days. In more recent years, of course the last 30, I owe much to you as well for YOUR friendship and support. My thoughts and best wishes to you and to Cleon's entire family.
Ed Zipser
December 16, 2016
Barb: I am so sorry for your loss - my prayers are with you
Fran Mathews
December 15, 2016
Dear Toni and Family,

I enjoyed working with Cleon here at NCAR on a variety of different projects. Cleon was always calm, kind, and compassionate and served to brighten the atmosphere here at work.

I'm sorry to hear of his passing and wish you the best at this difficult time.
Gerry Wiener
December 12, 2016
I knew Cleon for many years, both as a meteorologist at NCAR and as a hang glider pilot. In the 1980s he designed and developed one of the first static-line towing rigs in Colorado in order to tow hang glider pilots up over the Colorado eastern plains. I'll always remember his calm demeanor, sense of humor, and his ability to seek solutions for unusual problems. He had a unique talent to bring people together and seek consensus when differing perspectives were present.

RIP my friend.
Rich Jesuroga
December 12, 2016
Dearest Toni, we are saddened by the news of Cleon's passing, please know we hold you in our thoughts and prayers.
Dave and Sharon Gouge
December 12, 2016
Dear Toni and family,

We are very sad to here of Cleon's passing. It goes without saying that he meant a lot to all of us at Fly Elite Aviation. He was a wonderful teacher, instructor, mentor, and most important friend.
Brian Pickerell
December 12, 2016
Sorry to hear of Cleon's Passing. My best wishes to all the Family.
Chris Edwards
December 12, 2016
Dear Toni and family - It was with great sadness that we learned of Cleon's passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and know that if there's anything you need, we're here for you.
Jerry & Sherry Steigerwald
December 11, 2016
My Uncle Cleon was awesome! I will never forget the many posters and charts he sent me to support an eighth grade science fair project. It was a big hit and he was always happy to share his knowledge with me. He loved his family and always supportive of their activities.
Douglas Durney
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