Lebanon Reporter


August 23, 2013

Don J. Clever

Don Juan Clever, formerly of Lebanon, went to be with God on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. He was born Feb. 11, 1933, in Shippensburg, Pa., to John Samuel and Pearl (Armstrong) Clever. He graduated from Shippensburg Area Joint High School in 1950. Over a 22-year period he attended several colleges and universities, including Ohio’s Kent State University, as a part-time student to obtain further education in the field of journalism. He married Patricia Ann Wadel on June 7, 1952. Don had printer’s ink in his blood. He was sports editor for his school newspaper and then went on to become sports editor of the Shippensburg News-Chronicle. He branched out to become sports editor and chief photographer for The Lebanon Reporter and then the Chambersburg Public Opinion in Pennsylvania. Upon arriving in California, he was managing editor for Daily Star-Progress, La Habra, Calif., and retired in 1993 after serving as editorial director for North County News, Orange County, Calif. Among numerous civic service jobs, he served in the capacity of president, zone chairman and other board positions in the Lebanon, Ind., Lions Club, District 25-C of Lions International; Lebanon Jaycees; Lebanon Boys Club; Brea, Calif. Rotary Club; the Brea Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; the Friends of the Orcutt, Calif. Library Board; and Santa Maria’s NARFE. He was a member of BPOE #1538. Don served as president of the Lebanon July 4th Parade Committee. He was on a special board formed to pursue establishing an Orcutt Community Services District. Don coached Babe Ruth Baseball in Lebanon and umpired several years in Lebanon Little League. At Cal State Fullerton, he taught editorial writing and served five years on Fullerton College Journalism Advisory Committee. He lectured on free enterprise at several north Orange County schools. In cooperation with Boone County Indiana agriculture agents, he produced a documentary film on the week-long Boone County 4-H Fair in 1964. He was awarded numerous editorial writing and photography awards throughout his long journalism career. He was a six-time winner of R.C. Hoiles Editorial-Writing Award. Don participated in baseball and basketball in younger years, and was an avid golfer during his middle-age years. In true faith, he was active in Messiah United Methodist Church in Shippensburg; in Lebanon, Otterbein United Methodist Church; and in California, the Yorba Linda United Methodist Church. He was a member and Chairman, Board of Trustees, at Santa Maria First United Methodist Church. He served and trained individuals on the sound system, and enjoyed producing CDs of the service. Don is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Patricia; daughters, LuAnne Marie (Daniel) Gonzalez of Boise, Idaho, and Sherri Lynn Earl-Pearson of Santa Maria, Calif.; and brother, Robert (Helen) Clever of Myrtle Beach, S.C. He leaves grandsons, Eric (Myrna) Earl of Lake Elsinore, Calif., Thomas (Jen), Christopher (Desiree) and Jeffrey (Summer) Kevin Earl, all of Santa Maria, and Daniel (Angela), Jonathan and Joshua Gonzalez, all of Boise, Idaho; and granddaughter, Stacy Earl of Santa Maria. He also leaves 10.5 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at First United Methodist Church, Santa Maria, and internment/graveside service will be held in Shippensburg on Sat., Sept. 7. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to FUMC, 311 S. Broadway, Santa Maria, CA; or Friends of the Orcutt Library, P.O. Box 2937, Orcutt, CA 93457. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens.

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