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Donald “Don” Watson Clendening, 81, of Charles Town, WV died Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Jefferson Medical Center. 

He was born November 9, 1939 in Martinsburg, WV. He was the son of the late Charles B. Clendening and Florence M. (Remsburg) Clendening. 

Upon graduating High school, he attended Clemson University on a football scholarship, and later completed his bachelor’s degree at Shenandoah University.

Mr. Clendening retired from 3M Company in 1996 where he worked as the Plant Maintenance Manager. He was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities, lifetime member of The Independent Fire Company and served as president for 27 years. He served his community as a city council member, as a Judge of the City of Charles Town, and the Police Commissioner. He was a member of Malta Lodge 80, and a member of the Locust Hill Golf Club. He served his country with the West Virginia Air National Guard. Also he has been a member of several organizations.

Don loved spending time with family, and especially doing things with and for his granddaughters. He enjoyed working in his yard and helping his neighbors. He enjoyed playing golf with his buddies.

Don is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alice Ann Edwards Clendening, two daughters; Donna Ann Leake and husband Kenny of Bunker Hill, WV and Pamela Marie Jones and husband Pastor Harold “Porky” Jones of Charles Town and three granddaughters; Jessica Leake, Lauren Jones and fiancé Marcus Rush, and Logan Graves.

Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his four brothers; Charlie, John, Paul, and Jimmy; two sisters; Frances Owens and Helen Clendening. 

Family received friends at Asbury United Methodist Church on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Memorial service was Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Duane Jensen and Pastor Harold “Porky” Jones officiating.

Memorial contributions are asked to be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 110 West North St. Charles Town, WV 25414 or Independent Fire Company P.O. Box 925, Charles Town, Wv 25414.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

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