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CLEMENT (CLEM) MALCOM WALKER Clement (Clem) Malcom Walker, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died May 18, 2017, following a car accident. He was born November 6, 1924 to Lawrence Glen Walker and Esther Colene (Salmon) Walker in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up in Detroit, graduating from Cooley High School in 1943. Clem served in the Army Air Corps as a pilot from 1943 46 in the Pacific Theater. He returned to the U. S. on a troop ship from Japan to the Puget Sound, where he saw Mount Rainier for the first time. He thought the snowy Olympic Mountains and Rainier were the most beautiful sight he had ever seen. From there he returned to Michigan to attend Michigan Tech in Houghton. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Metallurgical Engineering in January 1950. He started his career at Ford Motor Company, but was recalled to military service in 1951 during the Korean conflict. He never did get to Korea, as with his degree he was assigned to test rockets at both Eglin AFB in Florida and Edwards AFB in California. From 1954 to 1955 he worked at the Climax Molybdenum Company in Michigan, but wanted to get back to the Puget Sound, so he took a job at the Boeing Company. Shortly after arriving in Seattle, he met Pat Hardy. They were married within a year and began their family. They had four children who were raised in Grandview Washington, after Clem went to work at Hanford. They had a small Concord grape farm to keep the children busy. From 1985 to 1987 Pat and Clem spent two wonderful years in the Peace Corps, working in Honduras. He thought it was one of the most worthwhile things he had ever done. He retired with Pat to the Village at Canyon Lakes in 1996. He remained active with Kiwanis, Men's Cancer Club, Kennewick First United Methodist church, and tutoring grade school children. He is survived by his wife, Pat, his children Larry Walker (LaVonne), Carolyn Holmes (Jim), Eva Walker, and Les Walker (Shannon); his grandchildren Alyssa Walker Keller (Patrick), Tyson Walker (Isabeau), Matt Holmes (Lauren), Jocelyn Holmes Dickenson (David); and great-grandchildren Dominic, Lucas, and Caleb Keller, and Graysen and Landon Holmes. In lieu of flowers, please give to the Memorial Fund at Kennewick First United Methodist church, or a . A celebration of his life will be on May 24th at 1 pm at the Kennewick First United Methodist Church.
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First United Methodist Church
421 W Kennewick Ave
Kennewick, WA 99336
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Published in Tri-City Herald on May 23, 2017