Chad L. Clendenin was a kind-hearted, humble, and extremely talented young
man with a beautiful old soul. He passed away at the age of 30 on Wednesday
evening, May 26th, 2021, from injuries sustained as a result of a motor
vehicle accident. His final moments were peaceful and spent surrounded by
his immediate family, who were able to express their love and share
treasured memories and messages from Chad’s friends and loved ones.
Chad was born on January 5th, 1991, in Toledo, Ohio, as the youngest child
of Scott and Susan (Miller) Clendenin. Despite his reserved nature, he
formed deep ties with people from all stages of his life and maintained
several lifelong friendships from his early days at Holy Trinity School in
Assumption, Ohio. He was a 2009 graduate of St. John’s Jesuit High School,
and a 2013 graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a
bachelor’s degree of science in Geology. Most recently, Chad spent several
years in the Moscow, Idaho/Pullman, Washington area, where he worked as a
music teacher and private tutor to students at the University of Idaho and
Washington State University. He took pride in helping his students master a
wide range of subjects and supporting their academic and intellectual
development. He also loved working with his hands and was following in his
father’s footsteps in developing an affinity for carpentry.
Chad was driven by curiosity and maintained a playful engagement with the
world, which he expressed through intellectual pursuits, creative projects,
and athletic endeavors. He was fascinated with math and the sciences, and
had a profound appreciation of the arts and the natural world.
Music was Chad’s supreme passion. He was trained in classical and jazz
guitar and developed a deep understanding of music theory. He taught
himself to play a variety of additional instruments—primarily stringed and
acoustic, but as diverse as kalimba, harmonica, and cornet—and spent many
joyful moments in jam sessions with friends.
He was also an expressive visual artist with a unique personal style. He
had taken an interest in figure drawing and the art of the First Nations
and Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest Coast during his time
He enjoyed being active outdoors, skateboarding, riding his bike, hiking,
and playing baseball and golf with his brother. He was also a wily chess
opponent, where his keen eye for strategy and his trickster spirit could
Chad read voraciously and critically, and had a memory like a steel trap.
He consumed books on any topic that took his interest, but his personal
library was largely composed of books on philosophy, biology, sociology,
religion, and spirituality. He held a deep sense of wonder and reverence
for the mysteries of life, and treated those he loved with thoughtfulness
and care—even when pulling a fast one on us.
Our Chad took inspiration from the best parts of those he loved while
forging his own path. His gentle nature, his impish humor, and his insight
will be greatly missed by his loving parents, Scott and Susan Clendenin;
sisters, Lyndsey (Kent) Peebles and Heather Clendenin (Steven Hallock);
brother, Eric Clendenin; nephew and niece, Logan and Kennedy Peebles; as
well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends.
Visitation will be held Saturday, June 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at
Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption, with a Mass following at 11:00
a.m. A private burial will be held afterwards at Wolfinger Cemetery. Chad’s
family welcomes everyone to a celebration of his life at 1:00 p.m. at the
home of his sister, Lyndsey, located at 12372 County Rd RS, Lyons, OH,
43533. Please bring favorite photos and memories of Chad to share.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Tuition
Assistance Fund at St. John’s Jesuit High School. Please make checks payable to St. John's Jesuit High School and Academy, then mailed to St. John's Advancement Office 5901 Airport Hwy. Toledo, Ohio 43615 or directly sent online at www.sjjtoledo.org/give/ or to Holy Trinity School in
honor of Chad Clendenin.
Arrangements by Weigel Funeral Home (419.644.3601).