CASA GRANDE — Carl Duane Clapp, 80, a farmer and well-known agricultural artist, died on July 10, 2021, in Casa Grande after a short fight with aggressive cancer.
Mr. Clapp was born in Douglas on Aug. 10, 1940, the only son of Chauncey Duane and Mildred Reed Clapp, and raised in Willcox. Following graduation from Willcox High School in 1959, he spent four years in the Coast Guard. He then attended Eastern Arizona College and then graduated after attending Arizona State University. He used his art education degree to teach at Camp Verde High School. In 1971 he began farming in the Casa Grande area for his in-laws, Parke and Elaine Gilbert.
Farming gave him time to pursue his two avocations, golf and art. His works benefited many charities, from Cotton Women scholarships to Leukemia Foundation auctions. He spent two years coaching baseball at Camp Verde High and many years with Casa Grande Little League. One of his favorite memories was coaching a baseball team against a friend in a bid for top spot. To build team spirit and camaraderie, he had the boys spend the night at his house. During the night, the opponents sneaked around the house and toilet-papered everything in sight. They left signs to elaborate their hoax. Laughing after taking photos, the team cleaned up, embarrassed that they had slept through the whole event.
He was a Christian and attended First Presbyterian Church of Casa Grande.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Pam; three sons, Chad of Casa Grande, Cade of Chandler and Jeremy Herman of Casa Grande; a sister, Janet O'Daniel of Willcox; and nine grandchildren.
Celebration of life at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, at First Presbyterian Church of Casa Grande, followed by refreshments in the fellowship hall.
Donations may be made to: Hospice Charitable Fund of Central Arizona, 1675 E. Monument Plaza Circle, Casa Grande, AZ 85122, or Casa Grande Little League, PayPal@CASAGRANDELL or P.O. Box 10232, Casa Grande, AZ 85130.
Angels in Waiting Cremation & Burial in charge of arrangements.