Clarence Vernon LaBorde, 78, of Fairfield Township, died January 25, 2022 in the arms of his beloved wife Laurel to whom he was married for 57 years. Surrounded by his daughter Nancy and his three sons, Michael, David and Thomas. Clarence lost his battle against the diseases he fought so hard to overcome.
Clarence was born June 1, 1943 to Violet (Bennett) and William LaBorde in Fairfield Township.
He is a graduate of Crosby-Ironton High School and the Dunwoody Institute. Clarence grew up in the home of his brother George and his family and grew up next to his lifelong friend Phil Rono. Clarence enjoyed hunting all his life especially with his sons and grandsons of whom he was so proud. He would tell deer stories for hours to anyone who would listen until the 2021 hunting season. He enjoyed his many tractors, his side-by-side, and he spent many summer hours mowing his lawn. He collected belt buckles from every state as he traveled to and from California and Arizona. Wherever he was, you would find several lawn chairs where he liked to sit and visit his friends and family. Clarence was a storyteller and loved to crack jokes.
Clarence retired from Teamster Union Local 346 as a Senior Officer and JC 32 Officer on May 30, 2001 after 32 years. He began his union work in 1970 at the Scorpion factory where he was elected the only full-time union representative. In 1974, he became a trustee on the executive board of Local 346. Two years later, he was hired as a full-time business agent. In 1979, he moved to the position of recording secretary; in 1983, as vice-president and in 1985 as president. In 1994, Clarence became Secretary-Treasurer and Senior Officer of the Local. He also served as president of the Teamsters Local 346 Health and Welfare Fund and as a trustee of the Minnesota Construction Health and Welfare and Retirement Fund under the Minnesota Highway and Heavy Contract. In 1985, Clarence was also elected to the office of trustee of the Minnesota Joint Council 32 board of trustees and in 1998 he became the board’s recording secretary. At the Teamsters regional level, he served as Recording Secretary of the Central States Policy Committee of the Construction Division.
Clarence was predeceased by his parents; brothers, George, Clifford, Ted and Floyd; and her sisters, Alvina, Ethel and Gladys.
Clarence is survived by his wife Laurel; his children, Michael, Nancy, David (Tami) and Thomas (Jessica); numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his sister, Irma (Ed) Rose and several nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at Koop Funeral Home in Crosby. A private family funeral will be held with interment at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily.