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Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary & Cemetery

800 South Boulder Highway, Henderson, NV

OBITUARY

McClennon Rogers

November 17, 1933June 15, 2020

McClennon Rogers, age 86, of Cedar Hill, Texas, passed away on Monday June 15, 2020 in Big Springs, Texas. He was born November 17, 1933 in Palestine, Arkansas to Erma Smith and Herman Rogers. McClennon liked to be called "Mac". Mac enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Winston (AKA-94) cargo ship and was in the Korean War serving as part of the UDT or Underwater Demolition Team. He was awarded the certificate of survival in the Alaskan wilderness on February 6,1959. His tour of duty included going to the following places: California, Japan, Korea, Okinawa, BCC, Philippines, and Pearl Harbor. He was also awarded the National Defense Service Medal. Mac was honorably discharged June 30, 1960. While serving in the U.S. Navy, he met his wife and soulmate, Alice Blankenly, and the couple were married on February 8, 1959. The couple went on to have 3 beautiful children.

McClennon proceeded to use the GI Bill to continue his education, graduating from Lawrence Institute of Technology, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1963. In 1969, he also graduated in the top 10 in a class of 50 from (PSEC GE)-Power Systems and Energy Course. With this course he was able to look to maximize the efficiency of power systems and energy resources. He knew, early on, how we manage energy consumption will determine the kind of world we would live in within the future.

Mac worked and had a career in Electrical Engineering for Detroit Edison Company and was a professional engineer in the state of Michigan. He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and authored one technical paper and prepared another. Mac also worked for MERRA-Michigan Energy and Resource Research Association and during the NYC blackout was a crew leader for linemen which did circuit and transformer repairs to bring the power back on in NYC. While employed with Detroit Edison he completed numerous company sponsored courses/seminars and had vast work experience as a group leader.

Mac had passion for golfing. He was an avid golfer and traveled all over the world winning several trophies. In retirement he volunteered at a country club so he could golf as much as he wanted. In his younger years he also had a passion for karate and would be in the backyard often breaking bricks with his bear hands. He had a blackbelt in karate and was very proud of it.

McClennon was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Alice; mother, Erma Smith; father, Herman Rogers; daughter, Audrey Rogers; sisters: Veronica Womack and Delores Jenkins; and brother, George Edwards. He is survived by his son, Michael Rogers (Carol); daughter, Denise Clark; grandchildren: Langston, Landen, Laine, Lael, and James; brother, Bernard Rogers; nieces: Kim, Adriene, and Mary; nephews: Cristopher and Greg; and a host of other cousins, family, and friends.

A visitation for McClennon will be held Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Funeral Services will begin at 10:30 AM, both at Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary, 800 South Boulder Highway, Henderson, NV 89015. McClennon will be laid to rest at 12:00 PM with Military Honors at the Southern Nevada Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veteran's Memorial Drive, Boulder City, NV 89005.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmboulderhighway.com for the Rogers family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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Kent Austin

July 2, 2020

Hello Mike--
I am so sorry about your father's passing and hope the time with your family is a comfort. What an impressive biography--I can only imagine how impressive he was and how he impacted all those around him.
I hope you can spend time not thinking about COD transportation issues for at least a little while. Of course they will all be here for you when you return, but you have a strong team who will knock them down one by one.
Take care
Kent