June 24, 1942 – August 28, 2021 Larry R. Clapper died peacefully on Saturday, August 28, after a short illness. He is survived by wife Gretchen Vik, daughter Laurie Chamberlin, granddaughter Kate and grandson lan (Washington, D.C). and son Dave Clapper, grandsons Cameron and Zachary (Seattle), as well as his brother Lyle Clapper (Bentonville, Arkansas)
A few weeks ago Marie and I attended a memorial service for my brother, Larry. His wife Gretchen arranged a small, but warm and wonderful gathering during which Marie and I reconnected with her and Larry’s kids. The climax of the gathering was the chartered sailboat from which we spread his ashes and sweet rose
As a Cub Scout den mother, Edna Clapper had a knack for turning everyday household throwaways into Transforming an empty bleach bottle into a piggy bank, dry-cleaning bags into a poodle, and burnt matchsticks into a cross were some of her creations to keep her Scouts busy each week. The project ideas led her to
Whenever asked about Matt Nelson‘s piano art, Marie and I go into auto-proud-parent-brag-mode – touting his global tours before tens of thousands with Lupe Fiasco, his appearances on the Ellen Degeneres and David Letterman TV shows, his jazz album’s rise to Billboard’s top ten list and on and on. If I’m lucky, I catch myself
To have a family like this is certainly an undeserved reward for 80 years of living. Enjoy.