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Clarence Jean Hildenbrand, Sr.

December 8, 1928 - December 3, 2016

Clarence Jean Hildenbrand Sr. passed away, Saturday, December 3rd at 11:40pm. A truck driver for over 40 years, loving Father, Husband and Grandfather. Clarence is survived by his wife of almost 33 years, Sandra Hildenbrand, his children: CJ, Kimberly, Sean and Ursula, as well as his stepchildren; Dan and Melody Krein as well as many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Stubborn, full of laughter and forever a jokester, our Dad will be missed by many and loved by all.

Forever will he live in our hearts.
Graveside services will be 12:00pm Friday, December 16, 2016 at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.  In lieu of flowers, donations to K9s For Warriors 904-686-1956 or will be greatly appreciated.

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It is with great sadness I write in Jean-o's guest book. Jean and Sandra were our closest folks after we moved from Washington, DC to Lacey, WA. We ate, we drank, we travelled, but more importantly, we shared our lives. For that David and I are forever grateful to Jean and Sandra. Distance may have separated us, but not a week went by without talking fondly about them, especially Jean. His humor, great smile, love for animals and for Sandra impacted us in such a way. We were so sad to have received the news of his passing. Everyone should know that he and Sandra were a godsend to us. We love them both and wish Sandra, CJ, Ursula, and Kim all the best while they grieve this great loss. The world is much better off having had Jean grace us with his presence.

With all our love,
Stephen & David

I was very sorry to hear of Jean's transition last Saturday evening. I first met Jean and Sandra back in 1987 and spent 13 years closely with them, and stayed in touch these last 16 years although distance and life had separated us. Jean was always like a father to me, and the years never changed that. He always loved hearing about all the stories that life would churn up, and boy could he tell a story or what? He could have written a book for sure. Jean always loved his pets, both dogs and cats, and all animals in general, but Jean's first Love was his family! He was always fascinated in what ever one was passionate about be it a sports team or a life's dream~  One thing he always joked about and he was a big jokester, was that he would bust out and start singing but when challenged he would get really quite and shy. Well I think if we just get still and quite our minds we can hear him singing out loud for all to hear~
He will be sorely missed by all that knew him~ RIP dear sweet Jean AKA "Dad"

Dearest Dad, I cannot put into words how much I love you and how much you will be missed.  You meant the whole world to me and I have so many memories that will be with me forever.  I am wearing your gold necklace with the anchor that you always wanted me to have.  It gives me a lot of peace during this difficult time.  I trust that you are reunited with your mom, uncle Morrie and all of your other family and friends.  I would have done anything in the world to make the transition easier for you.  Bless your heart, you were such a fighter.  I look forward to seeing you again.  Please come and visit me and let me know that you are there.

I love you with all of my heart and have never forgotten you saying that to me every time we talked and telling me to "never forget it".  I won't ever forget it Dad.  May you rest in peace.

Your youngest daughter,


We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved Jean.  We first met Jean in the late 80's.  He was always the kindest most caring gentle giant of a man, with a heart to match.  He loved all animals, especially cats and dogs - and they loved him back.  We spent many a happy Christmas celebrating with Jean and Sandra, so this year was hard.  We will never forget Jean's larger than life smile and selfless ways.  Our hearts go out to Sandra, Ursula and family. So please know that we share your sorrow.
Take comfort in the months ahead for As the sun shines and warms the air you breath,
And the flowers and trees burst into bloom, know that Jean will always be with you in memory and in the wonder of nature.
Love to you, Jack and Yvonne