LAKE LINDEN - Clarence J. Monette, 77, a well-known local author and historian, passed away at Garden View in Calumet on Oct. 30, 2012.
He was born January 13, 1935, in Lake Linden, a son of Peter and Isabelle (Laverdiere) Monette.
He graduated from Lake Linden-Hubbell High School in 1953.
Clarence served in the U.S. Army and trained as a medical specialist and operating room/food specialist. He later attended Suomi College for a semester before transferring to Michigan Tech. He was an ROTC instructor at MTU from 1966 until his retirement in 1988. Clarence also did administrative and personnel work for the ROTC program. He wrote more than 50 local history books and numerous outdoor survival guides.
He was a member of many groups, including Post 90, American Legion, Houghton County Historical Society, Lake Linden Sportsman's Association, Keweenaw County Historical Society, Copper Range Historical Society and Isle Royale Natural History Assn.
Clarence also served on the MTU Faculty Association. He was active with the Boy Scouts and served as a Scout Master for many years. He was a member of the Quincy Mine Hoist Association and a past member of the Elks and the LL-H Lions.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Surviving are a daughter, Julie Monette of Lake Linden; two grand-daughters, Chelsea and Sarah Jacovic of Dodgeville; a brother, Donald (Carole) of Boulder, Colo.; an aunt, Margaret Vertin of Lake Linden; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Aspirus Home Health and Hospice and the Garden View staff for their care.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 5 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Linden with Fr. Francis Dobrzenski to officiate. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. on Sunday in the Pearce Funeral Home in Lake Linden with a parish prayer service at 7:30. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lake Linden.
Online condolences may be left at pearcefuneralhome.com.