Clyde Motes passed away on Feb 6, 2021 at the Idaho State Veteran’s Home. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and wife of 61 years, Verna Wilson Motes. He is survived by his children, Mark (Holly) Motes, Boise, ID; Christie (Keith) Soderquist, Kimberly, ID; Joel (Becky) Motes, Idaho Falls, ID; Kyle (Tracy) Motes, Danville, IN; and Ane (Stephen) May, San Luis Obispo, CA. Also, by brother-in-law Deris (Roxanne) Wilson, Roy, UT.
Clyde was the youngest of 11 children born to Charley Earnest and Zilpha Kempton Motes, June 27, 1932, in Solomanville, AZ. He enjoyed his large family, being spoiled by the older siblings, and in turn enjoying his many nieces and nephews, many close to him in age.
Clyde enlisted in the US Army after his graduation from Mesa High School, serving for three years. He then enrolled in the ROTC program at Utah State University, where he was selected as a “Distinguished Military Student.” Upon graduation, with a degree in accounting, he began his military career, supported by his wife, Verna. He was most proud of having served with the 1st Calvary Division and of his service as a pilot. LTC Motes earned many medals and distinctions during his military career, including the Bronze star for service in Viet Nam and the Joint Service Medal Commendation for service in Thailand. He also received an Army Commendation Award for Heroism in connection with military operations against hostile force. After 19 years, and having achieved the rank of Lt. Col, Clyde retired to Las Vegas, NV.
After retirement, Clyde flew tourist flights over the Grand Canyon, and owned and operated a convenience store with his son Kyle. In 2002, he and Verna relocated to Twin Falls, ID to be closer to family. Clyde was fiercely proud of his children and grandchildren, and left a legacy of sacrifice and support in their behalf.
A committal service will be held, 10:00 am, Friday, February 19, 2021 at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 Horseshoe Bend Rd., Boise.
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