Toby L. Clement
December 19, 1949 – January 25, 2020
Toby Lynn Clement died peacefully on January 25, 2020 at the age of 70. Toby was born December 19, 1949 in Mankato, Minnesota to Cliff and Rita Clement. Toby will dearly be remembered by Wendie, his wife of 32 years, his sons Waylon, serving in the United States Navy/Jacksonville, FL, and Nick, serving in Douglas, AZ, sisters Shyla, Kelly, Angie, and brother Ernie, and Grandsons Jude, Elijah, and Joshua. Toby grew up in rural Mapleton, Minnesota, where he developed strong work ethics spending his days on the family farm. He was baptized and confirmed at Beauford United Methodist Church and graduated from Mapleton High School. Upon graduation he joined the United States Air Force and served at Ramstein Airforce Base in Germany as Crew Chief until an accident left him paralyzed. Focused and determined Toby continued to follow his dreams. He became an expert in the appraisal and sale of precious and rare Earth minerals after attending school in New Mexico. Soon after, Toby and dear friend, George Ganem, established Ganem Jewelers which led to a highly successful career in small business operations and management. In 1988 Toby married his teenage sweetheart, Wendie, and his smile could be seen from the valley of the sun to wherever life’s adventures took him. The African savanna provided a memorable and successful hunting expedition with Nicholas. He also enjoyed deep sea fishing with sons Waylon and Nicholas in Mexico and Hawaii. Toby and Wendie embarked on an exciting life anchored by his love of nature and the outdoors, friends, travel, and helping others.
Toby was an active member and volunteer at St. Matthew Methodist Church as well as in a leadership role for many organizations. He served as President of the Paralyzed Veterans of Arizona and served, often as a as an officer, with Fishing has no Boundaries, Ducks Unlimited, Anglers United, NRA, and American Legion. He was a loyal Republican and supporter of President Trump. Toby was a wonderful caring husband, father and grandfather. He will be remembered as a hard working, wise, compassionate and loyal individual and will not be forgotten any time soon. Services will be held Thursday, February 6, 2020, at St.Matthew United Methodist Church, 2540 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ 85202. Viewing will be 10 am to 11:30, service 11:30 to 12:30 and reception 12:30 to 2:30 in fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers donations to the Paralyzed Veterans of Arizona would be greatly appreciated.
- Funeral Service Thursday, February 6, 2020