Dr. Clinton Dale Stoner, 86, of Chandler, AZ, passed away Monday, November 11, 2019, at the Chandler Regional Medical Center. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing and will be greatly missed by family and friends.
All services will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield, SD. His graveside funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Tulare Cemetery in Tulare, SD. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home. (www.hykefuneralhome.com)
Clinton, aka "Chick", was born Feb 8, 1933, in Mellette, SD, to Homer and Della (Smith) Stoner. He graduated from Tulare High School in 1951 and served in the United States Army, 1953-1955. He graduated from South Dakota State University, 1957 (BS), 1960 (MS), and received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois in 1964.
In 1965, Clinton met Dr. Elaine Blatt at the University of Wisconsin Enzyme Research Institute, where both were pursuing post-doctoral studies. They were married in New York on April 18, 1965, and moved to Columbus, OH where they raised two sons, Robert and Michael. In 2014, they moved to Chandler to be near Robert's family.
Clinton was a faculty member at Ohio State University from 1965-2003, publishing research on mitochondrial biology and theoretical physics. His final and perhaps most proud work, "Inquiries into the Nature of Free Energy and Entropy in Respect to Biochemical Thermodynamics", was published in 2000. At the time of retirement, he was working on a paper entitled “What Photons Must Look Like.”
Clint loved to take on home-improvement projects and displayed impressive skills as a handyman and auto mechanic. He enjoyed traveling, including exotic jaunts to the USSR and China and ambitious family road trips to Alaska and Mexico, as well as returning to South Dakota frequently while the boys were growing up.
Clint was active with the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Columbus and the Humanist Community of Central Ohio. Professionally, he was a member of the American Physical Society, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and several other research organizations.
He is survived by his wife Elaine Stoner of Chandler, sons Robert Stoner of Tempe, AZ and Michael Stoner of Sacramento, CA, and grandchildren Sarah and Ryan Stoner. He also leaves a brother Dwayne (LaDean) of Redfield and a sister Shirley (Allen) Storkson of Jamestown, ND.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Joyce Shoemaker and Jean Hofeman, and two brothers, Nathan Stoner and Harlan Stoner.
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American Chemical Society
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