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Haskel J Valentine
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Haskel J. Valentine, age 96, originally of Clovis, NM, passed away on Sunday, May 27 in Boone, Iowa at Westhaven Community surrounded by family and friends. He was born on October 21, 1921 in Edgewood, Texas to John Alison and Mary Matilda (Daniel) Valentine.

Per Haskel’s wishes, he will be cremated and no funeral services will be held. His internment will take place at the Mission Gardens Cemetery in Clovis, New Mexico. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Haskel was born in Edgewood, Texas, the youngest of eight children. His family moved to Clovis, NM, when he was very young, where he attended grade school and grew up with his brothers and sisters. After leaving home at 15 and moving to California, where he lived with his older sister, he then enrolled in the Sherman Institute where he graduated in 1940 becoming a tradesman as a welder. In 1943, he served in WWII as a Navy Seabee, and was stationed at Guadalcanal and in the Philippines. Upon his discharge in 1945 he resided in California. With his adventurous spirit, he spent many years overseas living and working in Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and Iran (among other places), supervising the construction of oil refineries, and was proud to be part of the United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, for which he was recognized in 2014 for 65 years of membership. Upon retirement from Fluor Corporation, he lived in Long Beach, Washington, where he built his home on the Pacific Ocean, and wrote and published his book (of which he was very proud). Three years ago, he moved to Boone, Iowa to live with friends. He had the privilege of meeting then-candidate Donald Trump, shaking his hand, and receiving a Make America Great hat from him.

He is predeceased by his wife, Mary Lou (Estelle) Holcomb, his parents, and his siblings, Virginia (Vergie) Williams, Hattie Mae Parman, Tressia (Noreen) Valentine, Maple Valentine, Floy Scott, Helen Gongaware, and J.A. Valentine.

He is survived by his daughters, Diana Lee Snuggs and her husband John of South Fork, Colorado and Janet (Jan) Kraslawsky of Knoxville, Tennessee along with their mother Dorothy, also of Knoxville and special friends, Sandra and Joe Devin of Ogden, Iowa.

Other survivors include four grandchildren, Patricia Ann Snuggs, David Wayne Snuggs, John Haskel Snuggs, Peter Charles Kraslawsky, Jr. and six great-grandchildren Ian David Spencer, MacKenzie Nicole Snuggs, Sydney Grace Kraslawsky, Hannah Diane Ball, Ashley Erin Snuggs and Macy Grace Kraslawsky.


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