Clinton Karl Howell passed away in Durango, CO on October 26, 2017.
Clint was born in Moab, UT on August 17, 1948 to Opel Ann (Chamberlain) and Robert Henry Howell. He was the second son of four boys, Rick (Elaine), Jerry (Anne) and Stan (Mary); and one girl, Margo (Johnny) Adams.
The family made Bluff, UT their home, where Clint attended the one-room elementary school, then later attended San Juan High School at his leisure.
Clint was much happier working and learning alongside his lifelong friends and mentors, Calvin Black and George Petty, than he was in a school setting that he felt he had already mastered. He learned skills that would carry him through several business ventures and the boom/bust eras.
Clint married Pam Arthur in 1967 and they had four beautiful children together, whom he loved dearly, Christy (Rob) Land, Roby (Carol-Marie), Danny (Heather) and Terrie Jo (Dewayne) Faddis. Clint and Pam divorced in 1983.
Clint was a driller. He loved the challenge of trying to see underground, and he wasn’t afraid of taking risks that he carefully thought out.
When he found it necessary to charter planes to keep up with his growing business needs, he simply bought his own, then he learned to fly it.
Flying was a passion for him…he loved his Cessna 210 and even passed his exam in it on a cloudy, rainy day in Cortez.
Clint loved animals of all kinds…especially dogs and horses. He had a gentle, firm hand and many loyal pets over the years, many that started out as strays and found forever homes in Clint’s big heart.
He also enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and spending time on Lake Powell. Clint was fun loving, especially when it came to water…a good water fight was always welcome! But, beware!
Clint married Joy Mueller in 1988, adopting her two children, Billy and Haley (Travis) Sumner, and started a second chapter in his life, one which introduced him to the hospitality industry in Mexican Hat where he still owned his oil field that he remained very proud of, as it continues to be the oldest producing field in the State.
During the ‘bust’ of the early 1990’s, Clint moved his family back to Mexican Hat from Camp Verde, AZ where they had lived for two years…Clint and Joy were best friends and were dedicated to being together rather than chase the drilling industry.
They home-schooled their kids and then the Howell’s and Mueller’s began a venture together out of necessity that would change their lives from one of music making and hard labor to one of ‘breaking bread’ with people from the world over.
The Swingin’ Steaks became a very successful and much loved ‘part-time’ job for Clint.
He had no clue that he would become so passionate about feeding people the best steaks they ever ate! As physically demanding as the food industry is, he always said it was the easiest job he ever had.
The family later expanded their interests into the hotel industry, and Clint continued operating his drilling company through a unique partnership with his dear friend Randee Bayles.
Clint worked hard from a young age…he took in ironing when he was nine years old, he delivered papers, he had a worm farm, he did dishes/short order cook, he ran a small gas station, he helped his Dad in his trading post, he worked rebuilding transmissions in California and east Texas.
He labored hard, and he had a lot of injuries from work related to auto/horse wrecks, getting hit by lightning, bit by a copperhead, ran over by a car to an accidental prescription drug interaction that, all combined, made it impossible for him to recover after having cervical spine surgery.
Clint took it all in stride as he had a very strong, yet personal, Faith that never failed him. He met this last challenge with amazing courage, grace, strength and sheer will power. His Faith and sense of humor intact.
Clint’s love for his family and friends was boundless. He had a deep sense of obligation as a provider and as a humanitarian. He did this quietly, with no fanfare.
He taught by example, he gave without expectation, he was witty and wise. He always said that nobody could stick their finger in a glass of water, remove it, and leave a hole.
He was wrong…he has left a hole and will be greatly missed.
Clint is survived by his wife, Joy; his six children, Christy, Roby, Danny, Terrie Jo, Billy and Haley; and beloved grandchildren, Jesse, Kyle, Billy Ray, Shilo, Casey, Shelbi, DJ, Dylan, Breanna, Denim, Wyatt, Kendell, Cantrelle and Reji; all his siblings, Rick, Jerry, Stan and Margo; and many nieces and nephews.