Mike Allen Clemons, professional coffee consumer, sweet eater, advice giver, life coach and calm voice in a loud storm, was a man who lived life by the beat of his own drum, and a man who would tell anyone that his two biggest accomplishments in life were the births of his daughters Taurie and Miranda. That man, Mike Allen Clemons, left us on June 14, 2020 in Stillwater, OK. A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Afterward, friends and family will gather at Diamond Valley Community Center, 6 miles east of Stillwater on Hwy 51 to share a meal and pictures and stories of Mike. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Mike was born in Hof, Germany on April 22, 1964 to his mother, Vera Pleier, whom he loved dearly. He and his older brother Andrew were adopted by Mark Clemons after Mark and Vera were married in 1965. When Mark was discharged from the United States Air Force in 1967, the family moved to Mark's hometown of Wewoka, Oklahoma where Mike spent his early years. In 1977 the family moved to Stillwater, OK where Mike attended school through his High School graduation.
As anyone who knew him would say, Mike was always very sharp. While young, he discovered a love of all things technical and mechanical in nature. When Mike was 12 he took two old lawn mowers, completely apart and assembled the best parts of both to make a good mower. It started on the first pull of the rope. Mike completed the Heating and Air Conditioning Program at Indian Meridian Vocational Technical School (now Meridian Technology Center) and showcased his skills by placing third in the state HVAC competition.
After High School, he spent time with his grandparents, “Chalk” and Rachel Clemons, in Tucson, Arizona, where he began his career in HVAC. Later he partnered with his father in M & M ACR Service in Morrison, OK. A Jack-of-all-Trades, Mike’s talents hardly stopped with HVAC. On one day he could replace the ignition coils in your car’s engine, and the next he might write a complicated piece of software or build you a computer. Over the years he often called his dad, an HVAC instructor, to talk over some HVAC problem.
Over the years, Mike was married to Christina Blevins, Tawnie Skinner, and Shawntye Hudson. With Tawnie, Mike had his two daughters, Miranda and Taurie. The joys of his life, Mike always had time for his girls. Although he often lived hundreds of miles away, Mike was always just a phone call away. He always had a gentle word, and if you called him with a problem, you always felt better by the time you said goodbye.
Mike was always proud of his German roots. He returned to Germany on three occasions, twice when he was very young and again in 1997 after his mother, Vera's death; with his dad, Mark, Tawnie and the girls. They visited his German grandparents, Franz and Elizabeth “Betty” Pleier and other German relatives, and spent time traveling across Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Mike deeply loved his mother, and he was very proud to show his daughters her home, and to plant the seed of travel in their hearts. Hearing stories of his daughters adventures was one of his greatest joys in life. That and a cup of hot coffee.
Over the course of his life, his journeys took him from his birthplace of Hof, Germany to Wewoka, Stillwater, and Perry here in Oklahoma; to Kansas City, Missouri, and Tucson and Phoenix in Arizona.
Mike went to join his mother, Vera Elizabeth Clemons, his uncle Gerhard Pleier, his German grandparents Franz and Betty Pleier, and his American grandparents Chalk and Rachel Clemons. He leaves behind his father Mark I Clemons and his wife Peggy of Tulsa; his brother Andrew K Clemons and his wife Felicia of Oklahoma City; his daughter Taurie Workman and her husband Hayden of Perry; his daughter Miranda Clemons and her fiancé Ry Fleming of Oklahoma City and several aunts and uncles and their families in the USA and Germany and in-laws around Oklahoma.
He was loved.
And as Mike would always say, “No worries here and GO POKES.”