Florida State Trooper George Gwynn Clemons Jr., 77, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at the V.A. Hospice in Lake City, Fla. following an extended illness. He is the son of the late George Gwynn Sr. and Honor Coleman Downing, and he was the grandson of Capt. Orlando Coleman and son to stepfather Capt. Johnny Downing, who was the captain of the “Miss Budweiser.”
George was born in Tallahassee and lived his life throughout the state of Florida. He served in the United States Navy as well as the Marine Patrol in Apalachicola. In 1968, while living in Tampa, he joined the Florida Highway Patrol.
His first duty station was in Naples, where he was the first trooper to work Alligator Alley. After living in Naples for three years, he transferred to Chiefland, where he lived for 12 years and worked with many outstanding men and women. In 1982 he moved to Lake City, where he worked the remainder of his career. In 2000 he hung up his gun and badge and became a homemaker with his wife, Jeanette.
He was a member of the Boca Grande Island graduating class of 1958. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Price Creek Ward) where he served as a Bishop and High Priest.
After retirement George became heavily involved in geneology, which he loved. He helped many throughout the Church and community “turn the hearts of the children to their fathers.” He loved helping others, which was shown throughout his life. George was known for his love and kindness.
He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and was an avid sports fan.
He is survived by his wife – the love of his life – Dorothy Jeanette Clemons; sons George Edwin “Ed” Clemons (Patti) and Barrus Gwynn Clemons of Lake City; sister Sharon Glover (Willie) of Tallahassee; three grandchildren, Kyle Edwin (Keli), Lance Michael (Amanda) and Candace Jeanette Clemons; and seven great-grandchildren, Carter, Chloe, Mayli, Emma, Lyla, Liam and Jozy Clemons.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Glen and John. He considered his Church family as an extension of his own family.