John S. Clyde dedicated his life to improving other people’s prospects through a career in education and counseling and a strong commitment to volunteer and support local community organizations.
John was born in Elwood, Indiana as the third child of John S. and Helen Clyde. He grew up in Indiana and Sioux City, Iowa with his two older sisters, Emma Jean (Garvey) and Nancy (Moore). John graduated from University of South Dakota, served in the U.S. Army in Missouri, and earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene
So what brought a young man from the Midwest to Oregon? He primarily sought a more mild climate where he could play his favorite sport of golf year round and he ended up staying permanently to build a fulfilling and happy life.
Upon graduation from college, John moved to Coos Bay, Oregon. He started his career in education at Marshfield High School. Then he moved to Eugene where he dated one of the math teachers, Bonney Shields of Boring, Oregon. The couple married and had two daughters, Anne and Emily.
John was active in the growing Eugene school district and helped open both Sheldon and Churchill high schools, where he served as a counselor and vice principal. While later employed at the University of Oregon, John assisted with developing the Career Information System, a revolutionary computer system to help high school students decide career paths.
After John’s wife Bonney passed on, he valiantly stepped into the role of single parent. Eventually he and his daughters moved from Eugene to Salem when John joined the counseling department of Chemeketa Community College.
While working at Chemeketa, John met Bobbie Mikkelson Brooks, who was working as a business teacher at Chemeketa. John and Bobbie married in 1982. They enjoyed playing golf together, supporting family activities, and spending time with friends. They traveled around the world to Cuba, Europe, Egypt, China, New Zealand, and also to many destinations in North America.
Never one to sit still, upon retiring from Chemeketa, John earned his Certified Financial Planning certificate and he founded Retirement Planning, Inc., which educated Oregon and Idaho’s public employees about their retirement system and provided general guidance on preparing for retirement. He co-authored two retirement planning books.
John was passionate about volunteer work. He helped start the Salem Area Youth (SAY) Golf Foundation, which provides scholarships, and other support to many young golfers. John served on the Board of the Oregon Symphony Association in Salem. He and his wife Bobbie also have supported Willamette Heritage Center and other local human services organizations.
A lifelong student of Christian Science, John belonged to the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Salem for nearly forty years. During that time John served in many roles including conducting church services, teaching Sunday school, and working in the church reading room.
Some of John’s happiest days were spent on the golf course. He learned the game as a youth and he played on the University of South Dakota’s golf team. To John, being a member of the Clyde family meant you learned, or attempted to learn, to play golf. He taught his daughters to play golf at an early age and later taught his wife Bobbie where they enjoyed playing many rounds together at Creekside Golf Club. Over the years John has won course championships, hit several holes-in-one, and developed many lasting friendships.
As much as John loved spending time with family and friends, he also loved meeting new people and learning about their interests and goals.
A devoted husband, father, and friend, John lived to serve others and will be dearly missed.
John is survived by his wife, Bobbie Clyde; daughters Anne Bemis (son-in-law Keb and grandchildren Rachel and JD) and Emily MacDonald (son-in-law Christian); father-in-law William Mikkelson; sister-in-laws Chris Miller (Rob), Gail Nurmi (Paul), Jennifer Harold (Justin); brother-in-law Mike Mikkelson (Melissa); nieces Candy Greff (Neal) and Penny Ehrlich (Philip); and nephews Bob Quade (Rita) and Bill Quade (Joann).
John’s family is respecting his wish to not hold a memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chemeketa Community College Foundation’s “Clyde Latino Scholarship” at 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem, OR 97305, or another charitable organization of choice.