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Clint Evan Gerkensmeyer
09/13/1975 — 06/16/2020
From West Richland, WA | Born in Pasco, WA
Clint Evan Gerkensmeyer
Clint Evan Gerkensmeyer passed away on June 16, 2020, in the loving arms of his wife Aimee Gerkensmeyer after a four year battle with Kidney Cancer.
Clint was born September 13, 1975, to David and Susan Gerkensmeyer in Pasco, WA. His sister Jill joined the family in 1978. The family moved to Glendale, Arizona, in 1981. Clint loved Arizona, and at age 12 when the family moved back to Washington, he vowed to return to Arizona to attend college at Arizona State University. Clint attended Hanford High School and was a proud member of the Falcon football team. He graduated from Hanford High in 1994 and then fulfilled his dream of moving back to Arizona to attend ASU. While attending ASU he discovered his passion for Electrical Engineering and graduated in the year 2000 with a B.S.E. in the field. During his time in college he married Kerri MacLellan and together they went on to have two daughters, Madison born in 2002 and Ashlyn born in 2005. He loved his daughters fiercely and was so proud of them. While his first marriage ended in a divorce, he remained a committed family man and doting father. He always looked forward to and enjoyed his annual Father Daughter Dance tradition with his girls.
Clint had a 20 year career as a Professional Electrical Engineer with a focus on Power Distribution. He was employed by Bonneville Power Administration, Franklin PUD, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Benton REA, and most recently Energy Northwest
He married Aimee Roush-Mendoza in 2015. From the marriage he gained two new wonderful step-children, Dalila (now 11) and Gabriel (now 8) Mendoza. Clint and Aimee lived in West Richland in the home they built together in 2016. He was a family man through and through, he adored his parents and considered his sister, Jill, and brother-in-law, Adam, amongst his closest friends. His fondest memories were those in which he was surrounded by family. Including his times spent on the soccer field, cheering on his daughters as they played in a competitive league. When it wasn’t soccer season, he could be found on the water basking in the sunshine and wake surfing. Taking all of the kids, including his nephews, Isaac and Noah out on the boat and spending the day on the river was one of his favorite past times.
Clint was an avid seeker of adventure and loved to travel. He and his wife were fortunate enough to be able to take trips to their favorite destinations over the last five years, including; Florida, San Diego, New Orleans, Arizona, and Hawaii. Clint’s last adventure was in November 2019 when they treated the kids to a trip to Hawaii. It was the trip of a lifetime and will be always be remembered.
Although the sea and sunshine called to Clint, he also really enjoyed being at home. Clint was the ultimate hostess with the mostess. He loved to entertain and have BBQs with his family and in-laws. He enjoyed cooking, especially his famous oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Other things that brought so much joy to Clint’s life included racing autocross, going to concerts, beer festivals, and “LEGO-ing.” Yes, LEGOs. In his downtime when he couldn’t be outside or wasn’t feeling well his “LEGO-ing” kept his mind sharp and spirits high. Putting together elaborate LEGO sets is something he’s loved since childhood. It must have been his engineering sensibilities.
Did we mention, Clint was AWESOME?! He may have been fighting the battle of his life, but you would have never known it. His infectious smile, positivity, and optimism never wavered. Most importantly his sense of humor was intact until the very end. He was always making his family and friends laugh, including every doctor and nurse he met. He was the protector and fixer of all. He always wanted everyone to be happy and would engineer a solution to any problem. He may have been taken from us too soon, but Clint lived a full life. He lived a life of love, happiness and laughter.
He is survived by his wife Aimee, daughters Madison and Ashlyn Gerkensmeyer, Step-children Dalila and Gabriel Mendoza. Parents David and Susan Gerkensmeyer, sister Jill (Adam) Predmore, and nephews Noah and Isaac Predmore.
There will be no funeral service at this time. There will be a Celebration of Life when it is safe to do so, we’re hoping for the Summer of 2021. Please check back in May of 2021 for details.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made online at https://secure.seattlecca.org/ or sent to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, PO Box 24385, Seattle, WA 98124-0385. Checks may be made payable to SCCA with indication that they are in memory of Clint Gerkensmeyer.
Clint and I first worked together at Franklin PUD beginning in 2001. He would always challenge conventional thought and ask great questions. I always remember being impressed with how motivated he was. After he left Franklin, we got a chance to work together again at Benton REA. This time I worked for him. I miss all the fun we had during those years!
Clint was a terrific engineer but an even better person. He always made time for his girls and his family. He was very dedicated to his family and friends. That is what I remember about him the most.
He fought a valiant battle and was always upbeat – and never lost his smile! I am sure at times he didn’t feel like it, but Jeff Brown and I would meet him for beer and dinner on a pretty regular basis. We will miss those times with him.
Clint was a valued friend and I miss him a lot. Aimee and family, please let me know if you need anything at all. We will always be here to support you!
Clint was a such a good person. I feel like anything I say really won’t be enough.
I lived with Clint for a couple of years in college, in the dorm and then in an apartment. He was liked by everyone. He was an independent spirit. For some reason he had a sense of balance, doing what was needed but still found time to have fun along the way. I admired that because at that stage of life most people get it wrong, including myself.
Funny story time. When we were done with finals our freshman year, we had to clean out our dorm. In his closet, underneath his clothes pile, was his birthday cake! He comes out of the closet beaming, “I made a find!!” I asked, “What is it?” “It the last of my birthday cake! You want a piece?” Keep in mind, his birthday is in SEPTEMBER. This was MAY!
Clint worked hard, I mean really hard. He worked at Checker Auto Parts and then as an auto mechanic around 35 hours a week and still maintained a full load of classes. He never felt sorry for himself, he never gave up. He seemed to approach every challenge with a “Let’s do it” attitude. It would have gotten others down.
He had a Pontiac Trans Am and rebuilt the top end of the engine in my parents driveway. I think we were only 19 at the time. We often had extension cords running out of our apartment to work on our stuff in the parking lot. Clint was the most knowledgeable and capable of all of us. He wasn’t afraid to tackle anything. We were proud to be that way.
Clint had a way of attracting wholesome, fun, good people. He was a huge enhancement in my life, especially at that time. My college experience would have been so much less enjoyable without him.
Good friend and way too soon. RIP friend. I will always miss you.
I had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with Clint over the years at various engineering events or at training around the state. He was always polite, yet a little bit of humor peaked out! He will be missed I’m sure by many, and his passing was way too early. RIP Clint.
Dave—We were so sorry to hear about your son. We cannot imagine how bad it is to lose a child no matter what the age. We are praying that God will grant you and your family comfort and peace.–Bill and Jeanne Moffitt
Rest easy Clint. Whenever i think of you the first thing that comes to mind is photography class at Hanford, haha, so much fun.
A hard loss to so many. My heart aches for his family. Our families spent some good times together. As so many have said, he was special person in so many ways, to so many people. He enriched may lives.
David (“Gerk”), my sincere sympathy to you and all of Clint’s family at this time of loss,
I had the pleasure of working with Clint on an engineering project over the past year. I was always impressed with his intelligence, kindness, and easygoing nature. I am saddened by his departure, and would like to extend my sympathy to his family.
Very sad to hear about Clint. He’ll forever be known to me as Diego from our high school Spanish class. He was my talk partner and always made me laugh. You couldn’t not like the guy!
Such a brilliant star. He will be missed, glad he could come to the reunion with his kids. .
I am saddened by Clint’s passing. I had the fortunate pleasure to have worked with and for Clint at Benton REA until I retired in 2012. Clint always had a smile and good things to say. He was my last Supervisor and I must say was my favorite. I will always remember him.
Clint was a wonderful member of my wonderful Hanford High Classof 94. He was a great kid who grew into a fine young man who meant so much to so many. He had a kind heart, a beautiful smile and a happy easygoing charm. It was my absolute good fortune to know him. My heart aches for his family—Clint, you will not be forgotten.
I miss you man. You were a great friend and I will never forget the many good times we had together.
I enjoyed seeing Clint at work and the after work parties. He was such a pleasure to be around! Eternal rest to him and peace to his family and friends.
Clint, thank you for bringing so much joy and happiness into our daughter’s life. You will be in our hearts forever.
Kevin and Susan Roush
Clint was an amazing guy from the day I met him in 6th grade. We shared so many memories over the years that I will never forget. He meant so much to so many people and touched the hearts to even more. He was not only a great friend but husband, father, son and brother. We will all be missing a piece of our hearts and he will be dearly missed. Keep a watch over us all good friend.
I had the pleasure of working with Clint since 2015. It was always a pleasure . He will be missed.
Wow! What a wonderful man Clint was from the written tribute. My deepest condolences to his friends and family as he will be greatly missed, but here’s hoping all your fond memories with him will heal your hearts.
So glad to have met Clint and for Aimee and his family to carry his light in their hearts and honor his memory.
Clint was so kind to me at a crucial point in my life. I remember his bright smile and twinkling eyes. He had a fun and playful spirit. My most sincere condolances to his family.
Clint was a wonderful person to work with and will be missed.
May God bless Clint and the family. You will be missed!
A beautiful tribute. Love to all of you.
What a beautifully written tribute. I didn’t know Clint well but feel like I did through his other family members. An outstanding person who lived an outstanding life which was very influenced by his amazing family. My heart aches for all of you but I know he will live on in your hearts and memories.❤️
What a beautiful life he lived!