Joseph Clokey

San Luis Obispo, California


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Joseph Clokey Joseph Clokey, affectionately known as "Gumby's Little Brother," passed away unexpectedly last month at the age of 56, due to a cardiac arrest. Joe was President of Premavision/ Clokey Productions, which produced the widely popular Gumby television series and the Davey and Goliath...

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Having worked for both Art and Ruth back in the late 60s, early 70's, I am sad to read this about Joe! he was very helpful in helping me see some old friends at the Glendora Celebration of Gumby. It was my privilege to donate a script and a miniature I had made for "School, Who Needs it!" RIP Joe!

Joe was the sweetest, kindest, most positive and creative person I have ever worked with. He had a hilarious sense of humor and was always quick to laugh and tell it like it is. We worked on two wonderful projects together and I had the honor of meeting his Dad on one of them. My wife and I send loving prayers to your spirit Joe, and comfort to Joan and your family. I will miss working with you and laughing with you. I was very lucky to have known you.

Joe was a sweetheart. He had a sweet tenor voice when I sang with him for a time in the choir of St. Peter's Church in Morro Bay. Joe stood tall in the middle of five men, always having very good posture. He had a beard and could have played Jesus in a hipster movie about Jesus. Joe took teasing well, which made me like him all the more.

For me, Joe was a good man and a good father. He seemed to have an inner love of others and life. I will miss camping with Joe and his kids at Live Oak and the honesty he brought to men's meetings. My prayers go out to his kids and wife and those who were close to him. I think this community, his family, and my family and I will miss some of the magic and good heart that he carried within him. Bless you Joe!

Joe was part of our extended family. We shared in many intimate times camping and in nature. We had fun engaging in high spirited political & spiritual discussions at the dinner table. At the end of a visit he would hug us with a big smile and look back at our daughter Ella, and remind her that he always considered her to be like a second daughter and most remembered will be his unconditional love & support to our family. He departed too soon! Sure wish we could have had one more...

I worked on the Gumby 1980"s TV series. I remember Joe coming to visit the studios, always bringing a special positive and caring energy. I saw Joe several times over the recent years, and he was exactly the same! Just a warm, caring, high energy man filled with passion. My heart and prayers are with his family and all those that will greatly miss him.

Joe during one of two Tuesday Lunch With Abe radio appearances. [Photo: Abe Perlstein.]


You left us way too soon. But, while you were here, thank you for making this spinning sphere that much better with your undeniable humility, kindness, good humor, and impassioned zest for life. I'll miss our nature walks, telling corny jokes to each other, and your unmistakable and infectious Joe Clokey laugh.

Love You Brother,

Joe will be very much missed, one of the nicest guys in the world. Much love and sympathy to all of his family.