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Valley jeweler remembered as a gentle man

Few people have a chance to touch the lives of others the way David Victor Klement did. Whether it be by repairing an heirloom watch, lovingly crafting an engagement ring, or placing American flags on the graves of local veterans, David loved doing whatever he could, big or small, for his community.

Born in Danville, Wash., in 1926, David demonstrated his love for tinkering with all things mechanical at an early age. As a child, he would go through garbage cans and find clocks that were worth fixing. Word quickly got around that the young Klement was a whiz with clocks, which caused some awkward moments.

"He'd tell us a story about getting called into the principal's office, and all the kids thought he was in trouble," said David's wife, Nona Klement. "But he was supposed to fix the school clock."

In 1944, David joined the Navy and served in the Pacific. He got to see much of the world, but knew where he wanted to be and what he wanted to do as soon as the war was over and he got to go home.

"My dad came through here a couple of years before he was in the service and saw the Valley and the mountain and he knew that this was where he wanted to live," said David's oldest daughter, Mary McCaffree.

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