Clarence Herbert Corbett
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Clarence Herbert Corbett
  • April 17, 1948 - May 5, 2017
  • Merritt Island, Florida

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Clarence Herbert Corbett, Jr. (Herbie)
Herbie Corbett, Jr., age 69, of Merritt Island, FL passed suddenly on May 5, 2017 of natural causes.
Herbie arrived on April 17, 1948 in Gainesville, FL. He was the first born to Mary Lou & Clarence Herbert Corbett, Sr. Herbie grew up in Cocoa, FL and graduated from Cocoa Beach High School. Herbie had a passion for the second amendment and was an avid sportsman and gun owner. His love growing up in Brevard County was surfing with the likes of Gary Propper, Bill Manzo, Mike Tabeling, and Dick Catri.
Herbie bravely served in Vietnam as a Ranger in the 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army. He fought in Vietnam on the front lines of the Tet Offensive in the defense of South Vietnam. The 3rd Brigade of the 82nd was nobly described in 1969 "As the Finest fighting force in Vietnam". After serving 14 months and being wounded he was awarded the National Defense Service medal, the Vietnam Service medal, the Vietnam Campaign medal, the Combat Infantryman badge, the Army Commendation medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm Sharpshooter medal and the Purple Heart for his bravery.
After Vietnam, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a State Certified General Contracting license. Herbie served as a contracting professional for the U.S. Space Program and the Department of Defense. During his time as a contracting official for the DoD he served three years overseas in Greece. He became an avid lover of the Greek culture and loved to discuss Athens and the surrounding area. He retired as a small business owner utilizing his skills from serving as a contracting professional and a previous position as a General Manager in Commercial Roofing.
He is preceded in death by his parents. He leaves behind his wife, Marlene (Prekup) Corbett and seven siblings: Homer (Patty), Hal (Rosie), Ella Charmaine (David), Tim (Peggy), Beth (Chuck), John (Darla), Chris (Tammy) and is also survived by 14 nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home on Merritt Island on Saturday, May 20, from 12 until 2 pm. A service will follow at 2 pm.
A very special thank you to Congressman Bill Posey, a childhood friend, and his staff for their assistance.