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CLOPTON, Ben Michael

Ben Michael Clopton passed away on December 8, 2013, at home with family by his side. He was born in Bastrop on January 19, 1942, graduated in 1960 from Robert E. Lee High in Baytown, and attended UT Austin graduating with a BA and MA. In 1970 he received a Ph. D. from the UW Seattle. Until his retirement in 2005 he served on the faculties of UC Santa Barbara, UW Seattle, and UM Ann Arbor. In the late 90's he co-founded a hi-tech company in Seattle for the advancement of cochlear implant technology.

Preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Mitchell Clopton and Grace Barker Clopton, he is survived by his wife Darlene, his son Brian and granddaughter Caitlin of Austin, his daughter Heather of Seattle, his sister Janet Hooten of Victoria, and his brother Jim of Austin.

Ben and Darlene enjoyed traveling the west, fishing, and camping with their dog Willie. He built wooden boats and was in the process of building his second kayak.

His memorial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice Austin at http://www.hospiceaustin.org/
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 11 to Dec. 12, 2013
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