Donald C. Clendaniel

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Hall of Fame high school football coach


Donald C. Clendaniel, 79, of Houston, died peacefully Monday, September 16, 2013, in his home, with family by his side.


He was born May 2, 1934, in Canonsburg, a son of T. Clyde and Margaret Clark Clendaniel.


Mr. Clendaniel was a 1952 graduate of Chartiers High School and 1958 graduate of Waynesburg College. Following his sophomore year at Waynesburg, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was a member of the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Ky. He completed his education following his two years of service.


He began his teaching career in 1959 in Chartiers-Houston School District and retired from Washington School District in 1991. He was a junior high wrestling and golf coach at Chartiers-Houston and was varsity football coach from 1960 until 1973. He compiled a record of 68 wins, 16 losses and three ties. His team won the 1968, 1971 and 1972 WPIAL Class B championships and was the Tri-County Class B Section champions in 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971 and 1972. He was selected Washington County Coach of the Year in 1968, 1970 and 1971. He also coached football for several years at Washington High School, where he won the 1974 Section Championship. In 1994, he was inducted into the Washington-Greene Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for football coaching.


Mr. Clendaniel was a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Houston.


He was an avid golfer.


Mr. Clendaniel was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who enjoyed the time he spent with his family.


On June 11, 1960, he married his wife of 53 years, Garnet Galbraith, who survives.


Also surviving are five children, Paige Zanaglio (John) of Houston and Lori Bakaitis (Kenny), Donald C. Clendaniel Jr. (Julie), Bethany Licht and Kurt Clendaniel (Traci), all of Canonsburg; 10 grandchildren, Devan, Courtney and Karlee Zanaglio, Breanna and Rachel Bakaitis, Jack Clendaniel, Olivia and Robbie Licht and Ryan and Sarah Clendaniel; two brothers, T. Eugene Clendaniel (Ann) of Chesterton, Ind., and Clyde Clendaniel (Kay) of Houston; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased is a son-in-law, David Licht.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 19, with the Rev. Clarejean Haury officiating. Interment will be private.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10001, www.alzfdn.org, or Amedisys Hospice Care, 275 Meadowlands Boulevard, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.


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