Services Monday for veteran law enforcement officer
Woodward and Northwest Oklahoma lost one of its most well-known and respected law enforcement officers with the death of Monty Clem Thursday.
Funeral services for Clem, 53, will be 3:30 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Woodward.
Clem died Thursday at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital of complications from a heart attack. He had been taken by medi-flight to the heart hospital from Woodward on Wednesday.
Clem had just recently joined the state medical examiner's office in August, leaving his position as Woodward County Undersheriff.
Over the course of a law enforcement career that began nearly as soon as he graduated from high school at Sharon-Mutual, Clem worked in virtually every aspect of the profession. He started with the Woodward Place Department when he was 19.
From there he went to the Amarillo Police Department, then spent time working as a crime scene investigator.
"We processed crime scenes and things of that nature," Clem told the Woodward News in an interview this August. "I really enjoyed my work there in that field, which I think planted the bug pertaining to investigations for me. I think that's the reason my new position with the medical examiner's officer was so appealing to me."
Clem also worked as in investigator for private attorney in Woodward, and then as a special investigator for the District 26 District Attorney's office, which includes Woodward and a good part of Northwest Oklahoma.
He then joined the sheriff's office, then the state medical examiner's office.
Clem had been training for his new position – which included forensic work from Woodward through the panhandle. His skill as an investigator was already known by his new colleagues.
"With all the experience that he had in law enforcement we were really looking forward to having him serve as one of our forensic investigators," said Rob Deaton, a spokesman with the state medical examiner's office.
Clem was a lead investigator in the Logan Tucker case and put together the affidavit that led to the arrest of Katherine Pollard, Tucker's mother. Clem and Sheriff Les Morton traveled to Dewey in February to make the arrest.
Clem also directed much of the search efforts for Tucker's body in the Woodward County Landfill through the spring and summer.
Monty Clem, 53-year-old Woodward resident and Circle of Life Lifeshare Donor, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2006 in the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Brett Allen officiating. Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.
Monty Lee Clem was born Sept. 12, 1953 in Woodward, Okla. to Ernst Lionel and Ruth Ada (Brittain) Clem. He was reared in the Sharon area and milked dairy cows on his parents dairy farm growing up. He attended the Sharon-Mutual schools and graduated from Sharon-Mutual High School in 1971. Monty attended college in Alva for a year before receiving his Associates Degree in Police Science from Connors State College. During his time in college, Monty served as a part time Dispatcher for the Muskogee Police Department. At the age of 19, Monty went to work for the Woodward Police Department as a Dispatcher and later a Police Officer. Monty was united in marriage to Pamela Sue Hagberg on Aug. 3, 1974 in the Sharon First Baptist Church. They made their home in Amarillo, Texas where Monty worked for the Amarillo Police Department as a Police Officer and ID Tech. They were blessed with two children, Keri who was born on April 8, 1975 and Matt who was born on March 1, 1977. The family moved back to Woodward in 1978 and Monty worked for the District Attorney's office as an investigator until 1981. Monty worked as a Police Officer for the Woodward Police Department until going to work as an investigator for the Duke Halley Law Firm. He continued working there until joining the Woodward County Sheriff Department in 1996. Monty served as the Undersheriff for Woodward County and was dedicated to a profession he loved. On Sept. 1, 2006, Monty went to work for the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner office as a special investigator for the Woodward area all the way through the panhandle.
Monty was a member of the First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. Monty served as an adult Sunday School teacher for a number of years at the First Baptist Church. He professed his faith at a young age and was baptized during a revival at the church in 1980. Monty had served on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Domestic Crisis Center, he served as President of the Northwest Rural Theft and Cattle Association and was on the Board of Directors for Enhanced 911 for Woodward County.
He is survived by his wife Pamela Clem of the home; one daughter Keri Lucas and husband Tommy Jr. of Woodward; one son Matt Clem and wife Lea of Pinehurst, N. C.; his parents, Lionel and Ruth Clem of Sharon; two grandchildren, Colt and Adyson Clark of Woodward; two brothers Mark Clem and wife Sharon of Woodward; Marty Clem and wife Terry of Camargo; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Velda McGinn and C.E. McGinn of Woodward; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Craig Hagberg and wife Beverly of Hamilton, Va.; numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and many good friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Mike Clem in 1973, his Granddad and Grandmother Brittain and Grandma and Granddad Clem.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Domestic Crisis Center or the American Heart Association with the funeral home accepting the contributions.
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