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Dean Clairmont

On May 26th, Dean Clairmont, of San Diego, California, unexpectedly passed away from a massive heart attack while enjoying his beloved morning walk near the ocean.

Dean was born in Cavalier, North Dakota on October 6th, 1954. He was the oldest of five children born to Donna and Jack Clairmont. Dean spent his early years in Walhalla, North Dakota and Long Beach, California. As a young boy, Dean had the longest newspaper route in the City of Long Beach delivering his newspapers by bicycle. The relationships he established and experiences he had with that job instilled in him a deep love and respect for people and he carried that with him throughout life. He was honored with “Boy of the Year” award by the Long Beach Press Telegram with “never a complaint and never a broken screen!”

In high school, he developed a love of the outdoors and sports. With his competitive nature he excelled in baseball and football. Dean graduated from St. Mary’s Central High School in Bismarck, North Dakota in 1972. He went on to the University of North Dakota where he studied Business. He continued his life’s journey with a rewarding and successful career connecting people in the employment services industry. He developed many deep friendships through his work and leaves behind so many personal friendships and family relationships all around the country. Dean had a passion for people that radiated miles away and his kindness to others was the bedrock of his being. It was not unusual for Dean to attend a gathering with an apple pie in hand.

In 1998, Dean married Paula King. They had a deep love for each other and their shared faith was a heartfelt bond. They enjoyed many hobbies including picnics, boating and sailing, to watching the San Diego Padres. Dean also had other hobbies over his lifetime including a love of fast sports cars and flying airplanes.

Dean is survived by a loving family who will miss him dearly, including his wife Paula of San Diego, CA; his mother Donna Clairmont of Fargo, ND and Boulder City, NV; brother Michael Clairmont and Janie of Orange, CA; sisters Cathy Clairmont Haugen and husband John of Fargo, ND; Mary Jo Clairmont Hansen and husband David of Fargo, ND; and Jayne Clairmont of Edina, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Clairmont.

Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Boniface Catholic Church, Walhalla, ND. All family and friends are invited to a dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 21st in the St. Boniface Church basement, if you plan on attending this meal please call Mary Jo 701-429-0692.

Dean will be laid to rest next to his father, Jack Clairmont, in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Walhalla.

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Mary Jo, I just saw this as I was looking for your current contact information. I’m sorry you lost your brother. I remember you talking about his love of cars and how he lived California. I hope you feel his loving presence around you now. Sending you and your family love.

Joan Hoedel (Larson) Nov 1 2022 9:58 AM

I met Dean and his lovely wife Paula after mass on Sunday morning in San Diego outside St. Joe's church about 6 years ago. A friend and I had been dropped off for mass but couldn't find a cab to take us back to our hotel. Dean asked if we needed help and by the time we got back to the hotel Dean and I were talking about all the Olga/Walhalla families we knew in common. He said, "Good things happen when good Catholics go to church." I will never forget that. I was back at St. Joes in August and talked to the priest about him. He was a kind person and the parish there misses him dearly. Rest in Peace Dean and thanks for showing that your ND roots were strong and intact no matter where you lived!

Rita (Hardy) Visser Sep 17 2018 12:00 AM

My brother Dean, I miss you. I miss your phone calls, I miss your kind and thoughtful ways, I miss your laugh, I miss you being a significant part of our family. Things are not the same without you.... much love... your sis.

Mary Jo Clairmont-Hansen Sep 15 2018 12:00 AM

Rest In Peace Dean...You will be dearly missed..

Miles Hoff Sep 12 2018 12:00 AM