Daniel C. Clement
Dan Clement wryly referred to his eventual death from cancer as the "turnover," and the turnover took place on May 28, 2015. He died peacefully at home. Dan was born on August 2, 1944, and raised in Sunnyside, Washington. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English at Washington State University and a Master's in Social Work at the University of Washington.
He loved growing up in rural Sunnyside, his years at Washington State University where he met and married his wife, Joan, and his social work career and family life in Seattle. He remained a fiercely loyal Cougar, and it is believed that his lifelong practice of rooting for the underdog began at WSU. During his 38-year career, he worked at Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Overlake Hospital, and, for the last 17 years, with the Downtown Emergency Service Center, assisting those in our city most in need of help and least likely to find it. He was a teacher, a mentor, and a friend to many along the way. He prized his family above all; he loved having the "kids" back in Seattle, and the recent arrival of his first grandchild was a source of delight. His retirement goals were to finally read all the books on his list and to build new corrals on the family farm in Sunnyside, and he made a good run at both. Dan was known and beloved for his dry sense of humor, his preternatural calm, and his limitless kindness. It would not be possible for his family to be more proud of his legacy of work or his life as a whole, and he will be terribly missed by those who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; his children Nathan Clement and Bethany Jean Clement, and their spouses Reena Kawal and Brendan Kiley; his grandson, Tenzo Kawal Clement; and his sister, Trish Pitts.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 20, at 3:30 p.m. at University Friends Meetinghouse, 4001 Ninth Ave NE, Seattle.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Downtown Emergency Service Center, Office of Fund Development, 515 Third Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, or desc.org/donate.html