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Clem Akins (1962 - 2012)
Sept. 8, 1962 - Dec. 17, 2012
Clem William Akins
ClemClem William Akins of Huntsville Alabama avid rock climber, caver, mountaineer, and teacher passed away December 17th in Huntsville, Alabama. He was born September 8, 1962 in New Mexico to Clem William Akins, Jr. and Frances Bristow Akins of Huntsville, Alabama and he was 50 years old. He was married to Pamela Akins of Chattanooga Tennessee where they resided with three step children. His siblings include Janette Rawls, her husband Buddy Rawls, their children Savannah and Cameron Rawls. His brother Wyatt Akins, his wife Lisa Akins, and their daughter Sophie. He had two children, Logan Akins, his wife Lindsay Akins, and their daughter Lorelai. His daughter is Kara Akins. All are from Huntsville, Alabama. His step children are Jessica Baker Parson, her husband Nicolas Parson, and their two children Adley and Sarah. Stephanie Baker Montgomery, her husband William, and James Alex Baker.

Some of his personal accomplishments included:

  • Masters of Business Administration, University of North Alabama
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, Athens State University
  • Director of Professional Services for Brokat Technologies
  • Technical Architect for Chordiant Software
  • Customer Course Development Manager for Informix Software
  • More than 75 Professional Certifications
  • US Army Soldier, Paratrooper, Air Assault Trooper
  • Bridge Day Safety Officer
  • Southern Adventist University-Adjunct Professor Outdoor Life Program
  • Ropeworks - Industrial Rope Access Supervisor and Trainer
  • On Rope 1- Rope Technician Consultant/Instructor
  • Nawa Academy- Outdoor Education Teacher Troubled Youth Program
  • Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue Service- Senior Rigger
  • Completed an "Iron Butt" 1000 miles motorcycle ride
  • Cross Country skied to the North Pole
  • Did extensive horizontal and vertical caving worldwide
  • Rock climbing in Yosemite, Southern Rock, Western peaks, and more
  • Mountaineered the Cascade peaks, Mt. Whitney, Mt. Ngauruhoe, Mt. Rainer
  • Extensive travel in dozens of countries on five continents

A memorial service will be held to celebrate Clem's life at the Straight to Ale brewery 3200 Leeman Ferry Road, Huntsville, Alabama on Saturday, December 22nd. Donations to honor Clem will be accepted by the Southeastern Cave Conservancy.