Clint James Deering passed away on the evening of July 7, 2021, at home, surrounded by his parents, siblings, and trusty guard dog. He led a full life, completely on his own terms from start to finish. He was born on July 19, 2002, to Jay Deering and Diane Farabaugh Deering in Savannah, Georgia. In his early years, the doctors warned his family that because of his genetic condition he would most likely lead a limited life—sickly and in out of the hospital. Never one to listen to nay-sayers (or anyone for that matter, he was deaf, after all), he confounded his family and teachers with his strength and independence—scaling the tops of cabinets in search of snacks and climbing to the tops of jungle gyms to hang upside down.
Like all Deerings he was infected with a love for the outdoors and things that go. He was happiest when out on an adventure, whether it was puttering around the rivers of Savannah in a little boat or zooming through the mountains of Colorado on the back of a motorcycle.
Clint never spoke a word, but he had a special gift for forming connections with others. He had a mischievous sense of humor and a laugh that made everyone around him crack up. He loved dancing, and parties, and being cuddled. But most of all he loved to be included; cooking dinner, working in the yard, helping with the latest mechanical project, whatever was going on, he wanted to be involved.
Because of his special needs, life could often be challenging for Clint, but he was the beneficiary of an incredible support network. The kindness of the community and his incredible charm meant that he had a gang of friends, family, neighbors, and teachers at the ready to make the burden a little lighter for him and his family. To anyone who has been a part of this group: y’all gave him joy when things were good and comfort when things were difficult. We cannot thank you enough.
Clint is survived by his parents Jay and Diane and his siblings Lindsey, Luke, and Amelia Deering, and his dog Ringo. A visitation with the family will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Wilmington Island at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 10, 2021, with a memorial service to follow.
If you would like to honor Clint’s memory you may make a donation to Chatham-Savannah Citizen’s Advocacy (https://www.savannahcitizenadvocacy.org/) , whose mission is to ensure that those with disabilities are able to live meaningful lives. Or you may honor him by living your life like he did—completely on your own terms.Print This Obituary & Condolences