Friday, November 2, 2012

Joe Clement memorial set for Saturday

Express Staff Writer

Longtime locals will celebrate the life of 30-year Sun Valley lift attendant Joe Clement at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Warm Springs Lodge in Ketchum. 

Clement, who also worked as a stonemason, was dubbed the “Sage of Sun Valley” for his funny quips, posted on a blackboard at the bottom of the Warm Springs lift.

In 1971, Clement’s sayings, which epitomize the 1960s era of skiing, were published along with illustrated cartoons in a booklet titled “Lines From a Lift Shack,” illustrated by Max Harris.

Clement worked as a “carney” for the local carnivals in his native New Hampshire, and played hockey before coming to the Wood River Valley to join his brother Nelson Bennett, a veteran of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division.

“He was a medical miracle,” said Kristine Clement of her father, who passed away on Sept. 16 at age 91. 

“He smoked nonfiltered Pall Mall cigarettes, drank heavily and never drank water. He ate candy bars for lunch,” she said.

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