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Candace Ann Clemans

09/25/1948 - 03/04/2019
Service Date: 03/09/2019
Service Time: 2:00 PM
Service Location: The Clemans' Family Home

Our loving mother, Candace Ann Clemans, passed away unexpectedly on March 4, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona. Mom was a kind hearted and devoted mother and friend. She opened her heart and home to many and made sure that anyone who walked in the front door knew they were welcomed and they were safe. Mom showed her love through action. She may have had sharp opinions at times but, she was selfless and would go above and beyond for anyone. She was an adopted mother and grandmother to many of our friends growing up.

Mom was an X-Ray Technician at Banner Desert for 25 years. She was a respected mentor to coworkers and students. In her retirement years, Mom enjoyed gardening and working on small household projects (including remodeling her kitchen). She also enjoyed traveling to the beach, visiting family, and spending time with her fur babies at the dog park.

Candi was born on September 25, 1948 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to John and Carol Kernan. She is preceded in death by her father, John P. Kernan, and sister, Mary Sue Kernan. Candi is survived by her mother, Carol Kernan of Mesa, AZ; brother, Michael Kernan of Kanab, UT; her four children, Jennifer Phaneuf (Jim) of Chippewa Falls, WI, Karen Clemans of Anchorage, AK, Andy Clemans (Cassandra) of Bend, OR, and Sarah Clemans (Josh) of Mesa, AZ. She was very proud of and loved her ten grandchildren, five nephews, and numerous extended family members very much.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the family home on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Maricopa County Animal Control, where Mom and Sarah rescued Wilson, Gus, Olive, and Jack.


  • I am so very sorry for your loss. What a tremendous legacy she leaves… to have loved so deeply…loved so many…and to have been so loved. My thoughts are with you in the days and months ahead.

  • Virginia Heikkila & Son, Jeff

    I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. My prayers & love are with you & your family. May God bless you all.

  • So sorry for this sad news! I wanted to get to Arizona one day and spend a day with her! Goes to show, never put those things off! This is the 2nd friend that I missed out on, and cannot be called back! I love you all, and have many fun memories of all of you when you were little. If I can be of any help, let me know.
    Love Auntie Gail

  • Daniel & Carol Schultz

    Such sad news! I enjoyed working with Candi for many years at Desert Sam/Banner Desert before moving to Prescott Valley. She was always a pleasure to be around with her ready smile and pleasant attitude! There are not enough like her in this world!

  • Sonja +Mike Guss

    Our heartfelt sorrow is with you. So sorry we won’t be able to make the celebration of life. But please know especially Andy and Sarah you are always in our hearts minds and prayers. God bless the family. Your mom was an absolute angel. She’s finally got her wings.

  • Sonja and Mike Guss

    Our sincere heartfelt sorrow. We won’t be able to make the celebration of life service but know our hearts and prayers are with you. Your mother was an angel and now she has her wings.

  • Russell and Roberta Willson

    we are saddened to hear of her loss but so happy to have known her. Hugs to you all. Have great memories from when we were neighbors in Ironwood. She was a lovely women and a special friend. God’s comfort fill you all.

  • My deepest sympathy to you all. Your mom was always so very sweet to me and I loved her dearly.

  • Nancy Mullins

    I’m so sorry for your loss. There are no words. New normals are very hard. I pray for strength and comfort for you and your family.

  • My heart goes out to you Jen!

  • Mary Carrillo

    So sorry to hear about Candy’s passing. We met through our work as technologists almost 28 yrs ago. Candy was not only an excellent technologist, but a great mentor to countless student technologists.
    Over the years, Candy and I shared stories of our kids, her grandkids ( she got there before me!) her hobbies and our future retirements. She was a great lady and will be missed!❤️

  • Demitra Gilbertson

    As the wizard said: “A heart is not measured by how much we love, but by how much we are loved by others.” And Candi’s heart was as big as the moon and beyond. Love and wishes of peace and healing to my beautiful nieces and nephew as you begin your healing. Aunti Demi

  • I had the pleasure of being a student and coworker of Candi at Banner Desert. She had a heart of gold and was one of the best mentors that a student could ask for. She beamed when she talked about her family and dogs. Candi was an amazing lady and she will be missed.

  • So sorry for your loss! Your mom will be missed! She was a great lady with a big heart!

  • Joanne Laedtke Wilson

    Your Mother was a good friend in high school. We also went through x-ray training together. She was always so sweet. Sorry for your loss.

  • Mary Lee Bovee

    From what I read above you mom sound like a good person and good mother I am the daughter of your grand father brother. Leland M. Bovee

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