His youth was filled with work. His sister once declared that if he had not been working to help support the family when he was nine years old that the family would not have always eaten. This willingness to work never left him. Indeed he sometimes preferred to work than to play.
He married his high school sweetheart, Ruth H. in the St. George LDS Temple on June 19, 1942. They raised seven children: Lenora (R.), Linda (H.), Don Clemont, Harl L, Hal W, Neil H and Suann (F.).
Clemont was fiercely patriotic and was proud of his service in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He left the service as a staff sergeant.
Born into very difficult economic circumstances, he became convinced that education was the only way to escape the poverty of his youth. He received a degree in business from Branch Agricultural College; a bachelors degree in Radio Engineering from Utah State University; a Bachelor degree in elementary education from College of Southern Utah and a masters degree from Utah State University in elementary school administration. His children followed his lead. His grandchildren continue the tradition.
After Ruth's death Clemont married Carol L. on November 25, 1983. After nearly 27 years of marriage Carol passed away July 3, 2010.
Clemont is well known in the community for his great gift as a teacher. Whether in the public schools, in the classroom at the church or from the pulpit he was always lifting, encouraging and inspiring all to do better. For more than 60 years he was the master teacher. Many who are grandparents and even great grand parents can refer to a day in their lives when Clemont Adams inspired them to do meaningful things with their lives.
His church service was as diverse as was his education. He was a scout master for 21 years; served as a counselor in a stake presidency for 18 years. He served as a bishop twice, as a seventy, a stake missionary, a member of a high council and numerous times as a teacher. He was as comfortable with the youth as with the adults.
Providing for a large family required that Clemont have employment that supplemented his income as a teacher. He was Cedar City Engineer for several years; water commissioner for Ceder Valley for many years.
In 1963 Clemont purchased a farm with the intent of teaching his boys how to work (if pressed he would admit that it was also to keep his boys out of the neighbor's yards). He devoted more of his time to farming as his children left home. He felt that farmers held a sacred trust as stewards of the land. Prior to his stroke he had the reputation as one of the best farmers in the area. People came from three states to buy his hay for their horses.
In recounting some experiences with his daughters someone commented that he had not given them much. His reply was simply: We gave them all we had. One day someone, seeking to give Clemont some advice told him that he would raise better crops if he would do certain things with his farm. Clemont replied that he did not buy his farm to raise crops but to raise his boys. That was how he lived; there was always a higher purpose to what he was doing.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at 11:00 AM at the Rock Church in Cedar City, Utah. Viewings will be in the Rock Church on Tuesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and from 9:00 to 10:45 AM prior to the service. Interment will be at the Cedar City Cemetery.
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