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James Kenneth Clinton Sr.

July 7, 1942 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old

James Clinton Sr. Obituary

James Kenneth Clinton, Sr., passed away from natural causes Friday, January 5th.  A celebration of Jim’s life well-lived will be held at the family ranch on his birthday, Sunday, July 7th. 

Jim was born in Coquille in 1942 to Orville and Jeannie (Drake) Clinton.  He was raised as the fourth generation on the family ranch in Arago.  Jim graduated Myrtle Point High School in 1960 and soon after enlisted in the Air Force.  He proudly served and maintained strong friendships with his brothers of Travis Air Base until his last day. 

While serving at Travis Air Base, Jim met and married Helen Case Clinton, and had his son, James K. Clinton, Jr., in 1964.  After his service, Jim came back to the ranch and had a daughter, Jennifer K. Clinton, in 1967.

Jim worked at the Georgia Pacific Mill in Coquille with his father, Orville.  He then drove chip truck for Christianson Bros., Burr Trucking, and Terrain Tamers until going to work for the Coos County Road Dept. in 1976.  He retired from Coos County in 2002 and worked the ranch with his second wife, Debbie (Clark-Dery) Clinton.  Jim raised his grandsons, Colton and Raven Dery, on the ranch after Debbie’s passing in 2011.

He then met and fell in love with Cindy Martin, and they were loving partners until his death.

Jim is survived by “his Lady”, Cindy; his son, James; his daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Darren Cagley; and his sister, Randee.  He will also be missed by his amazing step-children: Holli and Zack Hickman, J.R. Dery, Gidget Dery Bowen, Ken Dery and Amanda, Cherina Cordell, Chelcie Cordell and Dustin Williams, Luke & Jodonn Cordell, Alex Martin, Steven and Angel Martin, Leonard and Carrie Cordell; his beloved grandchildren Colton James Dery, Raven Philip Dery and Destiny; Lily, Ashly, Kaylee, Lindsay, Karley, Aliyah, MacKenley, Deklan, Theryn, Sophia, Emma, Ayvrie, and Gavin; and his first wife, Helen.  He was proud to welcome another grand-daughter, Charli Sue Dery, and his first great grandchild, Arlen James Dery, this past year.

Everyone who loves him will carry Jim’s strength, work ethic, wisdom, courage, and sense of humor with us for all of our days.  We shall always be grateful for our time with him.

If it is so desired, donations in Jim’s honor may be made to the Eagles’ Aerie Lodge in Coquille.  And again, a celebration of life will be held at Poverty Flats Ranch on Jim’s birthday, Sunday, July 7th.  BBQ and BYOB. 

Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131 www.coosbayareafunerals.com

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