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Lee Clemmer

March 23, 2018


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CLEMMER, Lee (Sandy) Passed away peacefully March 23, 2018 at Sonoma Hospice. Born Muriel Leon Clemmer to Robert Lee and Gertrude (Maxwell) Clemmer in Stanley, NC June 5, 1929. He was the youngest of seven brothers and one sister. He leaves his wife of 61 years, Adrena. They have three children, David (Karen), James (Vicki), and Curtis (Rebecca). He has ten grandchildren; Jacob (Angie), James Thomas (Jackie), Robert, Tom, Joe, Nicholas, Ethan, Steven, Douglas, Alana and great-grandchildren Jade and Jaxon. Lee was in the ROTC as sergeant. He joined the Air Force in 1949 and was stationed at Hamilton AFB in Novato, CA. He had one mission where he was stationed in Alaska. After the Air Force, 1953, he lived in Marin Co. where he attended College of Marin. There he became involved in folk dancing taught by Chang. In 1955, Lee took classes with John Skow who was a Balkan Dance Teacher of Croatian and Serbian Kolos. This is where he met his wife, Adrena. They married in 1956 in San Rafael, CA. Lee also traveled to Bulgaria twice, for workshops on folk dancing. After eight years in Marin Co., they moved to Sebastopol in 1964, where they still reside today. Lee taught ballroom and folk dancing for the Santa Rosa Parks and Rec. Dept. and he was an avid and accomplished tennis player. He would play with such people as Joe Rodota. An avid bike rider, Lee started a cross-country bike ride and made it to Arizona, where he was hit from behind by a car and ended the trip. But that did not stop him from riding locally. Lee was a self-employed distributor of breads and bakery goods. He would develop his own routes throughout Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties. He taught his children to work hard, also to be humble and kind to others. The family would like to thank his certified nurse of six years, Rebeca Tapia, his assistant at Sonoma Post-Acute, Rudy Reyes, the staff at Ft. Miley VA Hospital and Santa Rosa VA, Sonoma Post-Acute staff, and Sonoma Valley Hospital/Hospice by the Bay of Sonoma.