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Brian Clements

June 16, 1976 — March 9, 2023


Brian Clements

Brian Michael Clements passed away in his sleep on March 9th, 2023, after 46 years of chasing his dreams and seizing them.

Brian was a quiet soul born on June 16, 1976, in Carson City, Michigan. As a child, Brian loved being outside whenever he could, whether he was building a massive dam in his mother’s driveway with his childhood friend, Hank Henry, or getting into trouble and getting carried away with bottle rockets. This would be just the beginning of his escapades and lifelong search for adventure. He also had a mischievous side, throwing eggs at his sisters as a toddler and once even riding a motorcycle through the high school.

Brian was well-loved. His friends in high school remembered him for his loud music in the morning and the smile that never seemed to leave his face. He was the life of the party whenever anything happened, where his appearance at parties or get togethers brightened the day of everyone he was around. The stories abound about how he helped others get through their challenges, with nothing asked in return.

Brian was always a hard worker who spent his life working as a carpenter and building everything up around him, whether it was for Reichenbach Construction or Spence Brothers Construction as a foreman. His work will continue to show the care and attention to detail that he gave to any project that usually started with his trademark slogan “I got it! I do this @%$& every day!”  

Brian drank deep from the well of life, he loved cracking a cold brewski and enjoying everything involving the outdoors and music; kayaking, grilling, dancing, boating, bonfires, playing his bongos or guitar and starting new projects on the homestead that he shared with the love of his life, Lea Hough. Meeting Lea at a NASCAR race downstate left such an impact on him that he decided to move to Ellsworth and called it home for the last ten years.

Left in his wake are: his life partner, Lea Hough, his son Ethan Zane Clements, Lea’s children, Lauren & Michael and their children who knew him as Grandpa Brian, his parents LuLu (and James) Plotts and James (and June) Clements, his siblings Amy (and Rich) Fowler and Kerri Aebersold, as well as his nieces & nephew, Chloe, Micah, and Hannah Aebersold, friends Hank Henry and Teddy Papendick and his dog, Teddy.

In passing, we will remember that Brian always wanted to help out and for people to laugh and have a good time together, especially if they were down or sad. He would have liked us all to continue these things as a living memorial to him, honoring his time among us.

“Live your life in such a way that you’ll be remembered for your kindness, compassion, fairness, character, benevolence, and a force for good who had much respect for life, in general.” - Germany Kent

Arrangements are in the care of the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Please sign his online guestbook at

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