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Donald Clemens

Donald Clemens

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
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Obituary

On February 9, 2021 at 1:10 hours, Donald Clemens took his last breath. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and retired with the Newport News Shipbuilding as a supervisor. Donnie was one of a kind. He was a fighter and did everything on his own terms. Even though he had dementia, there were still bits of his personality that the disease couldn't even conquer. He wasn't a Hallmark dad, but we knew he loved us with all of his heart.

His hobbies were fishing, hunting, being outdoors, and cooking on his many grills that he swore each did something different, but to the average joe ... they were just grills. If he cooked for you, he would ask 100 times "was it good", and with a mouthful of food we would always answer its amazing!

Donnie left an everlasting impression on those who met him. He had more lives than a cat and has lived through 2 types of cancer, head on car collisions, fights, falls, and even a copper head snake bite. Even after that snake bit him, he went inside the house, grabbed his .410 shotgun and went back outside and blew that snake to pieces. He was definitely one of a kind from his sense of humor and wittiness to being simple but complicated. All those who knew him has a "Donnie story". He will surely be missed, but not forgotten!

He is preceded in death by Richard Clemens (father), Peggy Rogers (mother), and Michael Clemens (brother).

He is survived by his 3 children, Brian Clemens (son) and Kristol Clemens of Providence Forge, Melissa C. Verdaasdonk (daughter) and Wayne Verdaasdonk of Yorktown, Crystal Clemens (daughter) and Steven Shepard of Raleigh, NC; and grandchildren, Cameron Holt, Haley Holt, Sebastian Shepard, Sage Shepard, Dalton Thompson, Kourtney Clemens, and Graci Clemens. He is also survived by his sister, Debbie Jones and Leonard Jones of Yorktown; and best friend for life and adopted brother, Amory Foster of Smithfield, VA.

Celebration of Life will be announced at a later time. Any donations or proceeds are requested to be donated to the Alzheimer's/Dementia Foundation.
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Laura Hawkins

Posted at 09:34am
My first memory of Donnie was seeing him at the Deer Park little league games where I cheered with Missy, Crystal and where Brian played football. A few years later he bought the house across the street from us and that led to a 30 plus friendship with Crystal. Donnie treated me like one of his own and always included me on everything from camping trips, fishing, family reunions and introduced me to a soft shell crab sandwich (his were the BEST). He taught me how to shoot a shot gun, cast a line and clean a fish. Donnie was the funniest. Some of the most hilarious, make your sides hurt hilarious moments happened at his house. From the tire swing to the duct tape pool incident, it was nonstop fun. I appreciate that he looked out for my Mom, Sister and I. Whenever I ate over there, he always sent a plate for my Mom. He would give you the shirt off his back and had a kind heart. I can still picture him sitting at his kitchen table, Busch beer in hand, listening to Alabama’s greatest hits. I am so sad that a big part of my childhood has left this earth but am so grateful for Donnie. Without him I would have never met my best friend for life. I know you’re in heaven Donnie, please give my Mama a hug and watch over Brian, Missy, Crystal and your sweet Grandkids. To Brian, Missy, Crystal, Debbie, Amory and the rest of Donnie’s family and friends, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
~Laura Camacho Hawkins
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Eileen Langston

Posted at 10:48am
Hi, sending prayers, I just heard of Donnie's passing; yes he was a character. Remember him from 80th St, NN, VA.
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Janet Crockett Nelms

Posted at 07:15am
Donnie's grandfather was my grandmother's brother, so we were cousins. I can't remember NOT knowing Donnie. He's always been there....in the family.....loud and crazy and always fun. I remember his kind heart behind all that craziness. I remember one Christmas in the 80s, he came to my grandma's house with LOTS of pillows. He gave everyone a set of pillows. I was a teenager so I thought that was cool! Christmas was always fun at Grandma's house.
When my brother was down on his luck, Donnie took him in. Gave him a place to stay. Helped him find a job. I'll never forget that.
Brian, Missy and Crystal, I pray your days ahead are filled with more good memories than sadness. God Bless You, All. Love you!

Kerri Ross

Posted at 07:49pm
Donnie, what can I say. He was a character. In the over 40 years of knowing him there are so many stories. I married his cousin Robert Ross. We laughed and yelled at each other all the time. We always had a good time hanging out. He would come and stay with us for weeks at a time when traveling back and forth from NC. He loved his family and all of his dogs, he had one dog that chewed all his buttons off his shirts. He will forever be missed but I know we will see him again one day. Love you Donnie
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