Clem Joseph Strait
Clem Joseph Strait
  • October 4, 1971 - January 6, 2017
  • Grand Prairie, Texas

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On January 6, 2017 a beautiful light on earth became a star in the heavens. Clem Joseph Strait, III, completed his short but challenging battle with cancer.

Born October 4, 1971 to Clem J. (C.J.) Strait, Jr. and Una Im (Pemberton) at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, Clem grew up and lived most of his childhood in Wichita Falls, Texas where he attended Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church. Upon graduation from S. H. Rider High School in 1989, Clem committed himself to his country through his service in the United States Army. He first learned to follow, then to lead. During his career, Clem served multiple tours of duty abroad including five tours in combat zones, the final three in which he volunteered to go to Iraq during Operation Iraq Freedom. In 2012, with nearly 24 years of exemplary service, 1SG Clem J. Strait, III, retired from military service. As a retiree, Clem was employed as a Frac Supervisor by Schlumberger Oilfield Services and later worked at Northside Ford in San Antonio, Texas.

Clem received several awards including, two Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, five Commendation Medals, and two National Defense Service Medals. In 2011, he was inducted into the prestigious Audie Murphy club for distinguished noncommissioned officers (NCOs). While grateful for each of these honors, his regard for them paled in comparison to the reverence he held for the troops that he led, inspired and protected to earn these accolades.

1SG Clem J. Strait, III’s legacy lives on in his five children: Delvonte (24), Jada (22), Nevaeh (8), Xanti (6), and Astrid (3). He is also survived by his grandmother, Eugene “Jean” Skinner; father, Clem J. Strait, Jr.; step-mother, Kim M. Strait; mother, Una Pemberton; sisters Kimberly J. Strait, Tonja J. Woody, and Gin Ju K. Im; brother-in-law Jerome, two nephews, a niece, 2 grand-nieces; a host of uncles, aunts, and cousins; and a very dear friend and confidant, Tawnya Smith. He was preceded in death by twin daughters, Lucy & Heaven; grandfather, Eddie J. Skinner; and uncles, Michael Skinner and Billy Ray Anderson.

The lives he touched will be forever brighter.