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O’Neil Joseph (OJ) Clinch

On June 5, 2022, O’Neil Joseph (OJ) Clinch, a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away at the age of 94.

OJ was born and raised in Sturgis, South Dakota. He served in the US Navy during World War II and went on to graduate from Creighton University where he met his wife, Jean. He began practicing dentistry in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.  In 1963, OJ and Jean moved to Chandler, Arizona and started a new practice in Phoenix.

OJ was always busy. He enjoyed building and learning to fly remote control airplanes and gardening Phoenix Suns games were always a joy for him. He took his family on many summer vacation road trips that were always fun and interesting. He was a volunteer for countless organizations over the years. Hevolunteered many hours of dental care throughout the years atSaint Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.

He is survived by his nine children, Sharon (Allred), Kevin, Maureen (Feuz), Patricia (York), Dennis, Brian, Casey, Teresa (French) and Jed and sister-in-law, Barb Smejkal of Omaha, Nebraska..

A memorial mass will be held June 13th at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Chandler, AZ


  • Kathleen Owen Posted June 8, 2022 9:57 PM

    Our Deepest Sympathies Clinch Family…
    Sharon, Kevin, Maureen, Trish, Dennis, Brian, Casey, Teresa, and Jed
    and extended Family…
    He will always be missed… such a Special man and Family to me…
    Prayers for you all Love, Kathy Owen (Louthan) Ron and Michael too

  • Steve Ryan Posted June 10, 2022 12:44 PM

    God rest your soul Doc! Heaven’s getting a damn good man! I remember a Suns game 1969 or ‘70 with you and Brian. Brian will remember – Connie Hawkins, Dick Van, Wilt, Jerry, Elgin, all just standing at the end of the court after the game giving autographs. I read the names of the 9 Clinch children and remember that OJ and Jean were part of a Chandler ditty … Martinez, Ryan, Serrano, Clinch and Lynch for the “race” for bigger families. Beautiful times, beautiful family growing up and hanging around with all of you! And OJ, you have one of the greatest smiles ever! Love you!

  • John&Olivia Mendoza Posted June 12, 2022 7:38 PM

    May he rest in peace. Prayers for the family.

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