Daniel C. Clement
1944 - 2015
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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.

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Published in The Seattle Times on May 31, 2015.
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November 22, 2017
I just learned of Dan's passing. My heart goes out to Joan and to Dan's whole family. I met Dan in the late '70's when he was my supervisor and I was a graduate student in social work. Dan's calmness and his serious/humorous presence, in addition to his knowledge and experience, were enormously helpful as I navigated my graduate student experience on an adult inpatient psychiatry unit at University Hospital. Our professional paths crossed a couple of times later: After my graduation, he recommended me for a temporary position at Harborview Trauma Center; and, later, when I worked at Overlake Hospital, Dan was hired for an upper level position on the psychiatry unit. I always appreciated Dan's sense of calm, his direct manner, his patience, and his wisdom and experience. As often happens in life, I assumed I would see him again and would be able to thank him for the guidance he had provided, which continues to inform my work as a psychotherapist. He made a positive difference in this world--- and will be missed.
Shirley Crawford
June 9, 2015
Joan and family my heart goes out to you. One of the good guys. Always helpful when I would call with a question or concern wherever he was working at the time. He will be missed. it is a better place cause he was and still is in it. Take Care!
Chad Kirk
June 7, 2015
Dear Joan
So sad to hear of Dan's death. We have such happy memories of him. Love Cambridge Alan & Eleanor
June 3, 2015
Joan, you and your wonderful family are in my thoughts and prayers. Dan was an exceptional person, his kindness, concern, and love enriched the lives of many, the world has been blessed by his presence here and he will be missed by all of us who had the good fortune to know him.
Carol Toms
June 2, 2015
Sincere condolences to Joan and the entire family. Dan's passing is very sad news. He was indeed a giving and kind man whose legacy is his family and his life work. It was an honor to know him.
Debbie Doane
June 2, 2015
My heartfelt condolences go out to Dan's wife Joan and his children at this untimely passing of a dear man. I worked with Dan at Harborview and Overlake hospitals and enjoyed doing so because Dan was a kind and considerate human being, a person who made thoughtful decisions, and a man of integrity. These qualities made him an excellent Social Worker and a wonderful supervisor to me. God speed Dan!
Gail Jahnke
June 2, 2015
He was the sweetest guy and a great neighbor. So sorry to hear of his passing. All the best.
Vance Martin
June 1, 2015
So sorry to hear about the passing of Dan. Im sure he will be missed by his family and loved ones.
Kris Roberts
June 1, 2015
SO like Dan to make a final "wry" comment! Final turnover, indeed! I can just hear him quietly chuckle over that!
Bon Voyage, dear cousin!
Mary Beth Matthews
June 1, 2015
Condolences and sympathy for your loss. From sunnyside Roberts family
Linda Roberts
June 1, 2015
We fondly remember Dan showing us the farm property in Sunnyside on our trip as we traveled back from visiting Reena and Nate. What a joy it was to spend time with the Clements in Dan's "home" relishing the farm! It was an unexpected pleasure for us to be treated to a personal evening of conversation, smiles and friendship! He will be missed!!! Hugs, Jan & Jim Kawal
Jim and Jan Kawal
June 1, 2015
I sat next to Danny in many of my classes at Sunnyside High School. (Chappell and Clement were next to each other alphabetically.) We bonded. I loved his humor, his sarcasm, intellect, and insights. I am sure he will be missed by many. My condolences to his wife and children.
Diana Thomas
June 1, 2015
Some of the family at Auntie Birdena's funeral
I remember Dan as my big cousin while I was growing up in Sunnyside. (His mom was my dad's sister.) I was always in awe of him...he seemed so smart, so calm, so funny (in his witty, understated way). As an adult, I always looked forward to talking to him on those rare times when the extended family came together. I loved his perspective on life! It can be said that the greatest thing any person can do during their time here is to make a difference...to make this a better place for having been here. Dan truly did make a difference, and the world is a much better place, because he worked at that every day. He will be missed, but more importantly, he will be remembered!!
Elaine Cullen (Padgham)
June 1, 2015
I went to school with Danny for 12 years. What a great guy. I only wish I could have maintained contact and seen him in action serving the people who really needed his special touch. My sympathies to Joan and children and grandchildren, for your deep loss.
Trudy Hart-Jerdal
May 31, 2015
A lovely tribute to Dan. Many thoughts have been with your family this week, Clements. Much love to you all.
May 31, 2015
I'll never forget how much my Mom loved to cook for this gentle man. Great memories!
Pat and George Gunning/Simmons
May 31, 2015
Thank you, Joan, Bethany and Nathan. A beautiful tribute to a dear man who made a positive impact to those of us fortunate to know him. My thoughts go out to you all. Donna
Donna Foth
May 31, 2015
What will I miss most about Dan? Everything!
Leah Grossman
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