Richard E. Clements
Richard ‘Dick’ Clements was born in Seattle, Wash. on September 30, 1943 to Cecil and Helen Clements; he grew up in Manson, Wash. Mr. Clements graduated from Manson High School and went on to college graduating from Washington State University (WSU). It was at WSU that he met and later married Marietta Rowe.
Many of his life long passions and interests took fruition on the shores of Lake Chelan. The lake offered an ideal environment to perfect water-skiing and fishing skills with family and friends. During high school Mr. Clements was very active in sports and student leadership. As an adult, he took pride in keeping kids safe on the playing field as a member of the Washington Officials Association.
In his early years, Mr. Clements was introduced to the fruit industry through working in the family apple orchard. Following college and after proudly serving in the army, he became president and general manager of Rowe Farms, a fruit growing and packing operation near Naches.
Mr. Clements was known for serving his family and community with purpose, conviction and character. Thousands of hours were devoted to community service. He felt very fortunate to be involved with many fruit industry organizations and enjoyed the interaction with fellow committee members. In 2003, Mr. Clements was awarded the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Silver Pear Award given in recognition of continuous counsel and leadership as a member of marketing promotion advisory boards including the Washington State Fruit Commission, Northwest Horticultural Council, Pear Bureau Northwest, Washington State Horticultural Associaton Grade and Pack Committee and Washington Cherry Marketing Committee.
He was survived by his wife, Marietta; their children, Kristy (Tim) Clark and Mark (Kim) Clements and their families; his mother, Helen Clements; brother, Jim Clements; and sisters, Kaye Forsberg and Susan Bennett.
The Dick Clements Memorial scholarship was created in his honor by friends and family. It is open to students from Central Washington raised in the tree fruit industry planning to attend or currently enrolled at Washington State University.