The daughters of Lonnie R. Clover are heartbroken over his recent passing and hope this small tribute will honor him as an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Lonnie peacefully passed away at his home in Montgomery, Texas Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 with his daughters by his side.
Lonnie was born March 3, 1944 in Lima, Ohio to Richard and Helen Clover. Lonnie is survived by his daughters Candance Anne Douglas and husband Paul; Catherine Marie Dominguez and husband Joseph; grandsons Forrest Logan Self, Samuel Patrick Dominguez, Zachary Patrick Dominguez; granddaughters Brianna Renee Carver, Diana Faith Carver; and his three-legged Yorkie Lily. Lonnie is preceded in death by his wife Sonya Reed Clover who passed away March 12, 2021 and his parents Richard and Helen Clover.
It is difficult to describe in the written word the amazing man Lonnie truly was. As his daughters, we find ourselves lost. Dad was our go-to and seemed to be able to fix everything. Even as adults we have great uncertainty on how to move forward when we can no longer pick up the phone and get his always sound advice and knowledge about life's ups and downs.
Dad met mom in the early 1960s while they were attending Texas Christian University. One of mom's favorite stories was when she first saw dad and boldly announced to her friends she would marry him someday. Dad was smitten by mom and on September 5, 1964 they became husband and wife. Following their marriage, the couple moved to Houston. In December 1965, they welcomed their first daughter Candace and in October 1970 second daughter Catherine was born.
Dad was a gentle soul who never raised his voice and always put his family first. He loved all animals from horses, to dogs, to cats, to the deer he fed in the yard to our pet hamsters. Dad loved his role as grandpa. He never missed a moment to spend time with his grandchildren whether quietly rocking a sleepy baby in his chair or a cross country road trip to Ohio.
Our dad was a quiet and brilliant man. With a degree in architecture from the University of Houston, he forged a successful career running his own company for many years. Growing up we remember the countless hours he spent in his home office designing hundreds of structures from homes to commercial buildings including the Montgomery City Hall on Old Plantersville Road.
Mom and dad were passionate about the city of Montgomery and preserving its historic charm. In 1996 when they purchased the yellow Victorian house on Caroline Street they wasted no time turning it into the home they were so proud of. They were no doubt dedicated residents.
Dad enjoyed giving his time to many different interests. He and mom loved being a part of the community and were proud to open their historic home, Social Circle, for tours and a venue for events. They served as members of the Montgomery Historical Society, the Montgomery Historic Business Association and the Patrons of Cedar Brake Park. He was most proud of his time serving on the Emergency Services District No. 2 board as a commissioner.
Dad also loved playing his banjo and guitar. While attending Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, he would often play guitars with schoolmate John Deutschendorf Jr. who later became the well-known country singer John Denver. Dad looked forward to First Saturday in Montgomery and playing on the front porch of with local musicians as passersby stopped to listen.
We had an idyllic childhood growing up on 10 acres in Magnolia. Candace remembers pulling fences for our horses and unloading dozens of square hay bales and 50-pound bags of feed. She and dad built numerous rabbit cages and even a pen for chickens. For Catherine, the memories of rebuilding a 1967 Mustang in the driveway as her first car can never be topped. Dad enjoyed sharing his love for muscle cars and his knack for repairing them.
As his daughters, we will carry his memory with us and never forget the sacrifices he made so many times to ensure we were happy and safe. As his time became short, we cherished the opportunity to care for him, spend time with him and make sure he knew just how much we loved him. We are honored to call him dad and we will forever be Clovers.
We are hosting a celebration in honor of our parents Sept. 25 from 2-4 p.m. at 602 Caroline Street in Montgomery. The event is come and go with light refreshments. Parking for the event will be the Living Savior parking lot at Caroline Street and Louisa Street.
Published by The Pasadena Citizen from Sep. 15 to Sep. 16, 2021.