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Clint James Deering

Posted By Kyle Nikola On July 8, 2021 @ 11:47 am In Obituaries | 57 Comments

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/ [1]) , 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.

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Condolence from Sharon Swint on July 8th, 2021 12:45 pm

I would like to send my sincerest condolences to the entire Deering family. I pray that your memories of Clint will bring you peace. May God keep you during this most trying time. My prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Tamela Wright on July 8th, 2021 2:16 pm

May our Lord bless and comfort the Deering family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Condolence from Lisa Lansford on July 8th, 2021 2:22 pm

Jay, Diane, Lindsey, Luke, Amelia (and Ringo), may your wonderful memories of Clint be your comfort. My heartfelt condolences to your family.

Condolence from Pam Hussey on July 8th, 2021 2:58 pm

Diane and Jay and family, I loved reading about Clint and what an awesome individual he was. You were all so blessed by him and he with you. As a parent of a child with special abilities, it’s amazing how much they teach us on their journeys through life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Diane Deering on July 19th, 2021 8:29 am

Thanks for the condolences, your friendship and support, and for the delicious cakes.

Condolence from Dr. Kim Thomas on July 8th, 2021 3:16 pm

Jay, Diane and family,

My sincerest condolences to you all! I have so many fond memories of Clint while he was in my class! He loved and was loved by so many! Please know that you ALL are in my prayers!

Dr. Kim Thomas

Condolence from Homer & Jackie McBrayer on July 8th, 2021 3:27 pm

Please accept our condolences. You are in our prayers. Our hearts ache for all of you, but, be of joy because God has called Clint to his final destination. He
needed a “Special Angel”. R.I.P. CLINT.

Condolence from Miss Judy, Judy, “J” on July 17th, 2021 4:03 am

Clint or “Clintstet” as I called him, indeed was God’s ‘SPECIAL Angel, sent by GOD, probably at Clint’s Grandma Lucy’s prodding. I never met Lucy in person, but I feel I know her as I have listened to the Farabaugh, Schwarz. Deering, ???, Gilmore and even Llewellyn families, almost always laughingly share memories if her. For 21 years, I have often had conversations(mostly one-sided) with Lucy trying to ‘fit’ in and understand her family. I think she asked God to give Clint to this family to lighten my load. He loved me unconditionally with the same ‘devilish’ trait I appear to have. Honestly, I think he loved me because at a very early age, he associated food and “kids beer, lots of room to explore(closets with no locks provided hangers), and a very funny Grandpa who loved and loves him so much at our home. I walk through our home, go upstairs and outside hearing his laughter.

Condolence from Bernard Cabahug on July 8th, 2021 3:40 pm

The Deering family. I pray for peace and comfort for the whole family at this difficult time and my condolences to you all. Clint’s gentle soul will always be in my heart.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace🙏🙏🙏.

Condolence from Brad Speer on July 8th, 2021 3:45 pm

What a lovely, moving, and accurate tribute to Clint. Your devotion to him, your advocacy, and your love were always in evidence. I wish you all peace and solace in the fact that you, his family, made his life rich and full. Blessings to Clint and to your family.

Condolence from Pamela Tucker on July 8th, 2021 4:15 pm

I loved him and his spirit. May God bless you.

Condolence from Barbara Rupnik on July 8th, 2021 4:18 pm

To the sweet Deering family,

My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you all. Clint was one of the first students I had in Savannah. His smile and giggles have a lasting mark on my heart. Prayers and love to you all and all that were a part of his life.

Barbara Rupnik (Kartman)

Condolence from Tara Bilyeu on July 8th, 2021 4:43 pm

What a loving and beautiful tribute of Clint. We are lifting the family and friends in many prayers during this difficult loss. Though words or actions we do can not take the pain away, I pray the the Lord wraps is comforting hands around each of you.

For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there. – 1 Samuel 1:27-28

Condolence from Tracie Leonard on July 8th, 2021 6:29 pm

Jay and Diane,
Of course, my heart breaks for you and your family. Thanks to you, Clint was blessed to have parents that didn’t put boundaries on what he could do, which in turn, allowed him him to live his life to the fullest, obviously blessing you, his siblings, teachers and friends. I am praying that you experience peace, joy and love as you celebrate his life. Hugs and prayers, Tracie

Condolence from Mike Collins on July 8th, 2021 6:31 pm

So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family

Condolence from Julie Heyel on July 8th, 2021 7:12 pm

I have always been amazed at how patient and loving your family is. I am praying for your family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Dennis Powell on July 8th, 2021 7:23 pm

I have many fine memories of Clint and more importantly the love and interaction within the family
I first saw this when I witnessed Clint and Lindsey having fun and really WITH him when Jay brought them to a motorcycle camp. It was a real awakening that he was in no way a burden but a joy for them to help and pitch in as a family should. It was just so normal.
My second time with Clint was on a street bike trip out west
Following Jay with Clint flapping his “wings” was such a joyful sight and made me smile for hours on end
This experience will be burned in my memory forever
Thank you Clint for that wonderful time spent with you!

Condolence from Dennis Powell on July 8th, 2021 7:25 pm

I meant Lindsey and LUKE
(Sorry Luke, I know who you are lol)

Condolence from Roger and Bonnie Brousseau on July 8th, 2021 7:28 pm

To the Deering family,

Sending our deepest sympathy for the loss of Clint. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. We can feel the love that was given and received in the words you say.

Condolence from Caren Agata on July 8th, 2021 7:32 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of Clint’s passing. I cared for he and Amelia from an early age, while Diane was working part time. Love this family and my heartfelt wishes go out to you

Condolence from Randy Dobson on July 8th, 2021 7:32 pm

I simply cannot put into words the grief I have for your family. If no one knows who I am, ask Don and Judy. Because of the love I have for them, I weep for your loss, and I stand in prayer for your family. May the peace and love of our Savior, Jesus Christ, be with you all right now. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Condolence from Judy Carter Farabaugh on July 17th, 2021 4:12 am

Randy, thank you for knowing Clint through Don and me sharing our memories of him. You, your Mama Linda and especially your Daddy Jerry, have prayed for Clint daily. God answers prayers. Love your family for loving us.

Condolence from Lisa and Jack Manley on July 8th, 2021 7:54 pm

Jay, Diane, Lindsey, Luke, Amelia,
So sorry to hear of Clint’s passing. He has had many amazing adventures with you all. Wishing you peace and comfort.

Condolence from Marie Valentino Darling on July 8th, 2021 8:22 pm

Clint lit up the room with his beautiful smile! He has gained his Angel wings and will be lighting up Heaven with he infectious smile and laugh! I am so sorry he has left this earthly world. Please know I am keeping you all in my prayers!

Condolence from Jenny Meade on July 8th, 2021 9:20 pm

On behalf of all your Chicago cousins, Jay and Diane, we are so sorry for the loss of your courageous, charismatic Clint. Your family is truly an inspiration to us all. I wish we could be there but my mother-in-law passed away on Monday and her services are this weekend as well. God bless you and God bless Clint.

Condolence from Kelly Kilpatrick Hunt on July 9th, 2021 4:50 am

If we were as lucky as Clint to live life on our own terms ♥️ His life on this earth is a true blessing and I thank you all for sharing Clint with us. May God continue to lift you all up in His infinite love and peace.

Condolence from Mary Beth Hannan on July 9th, 2021 6:11 am

What a beautiful tribute to Clint- and the entire Deering family. Your love for one another was always evident. Wishing you peace.

Condolence from Lynn and Duncan Regan on July 9th, 2021 8:07 am

We are so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Susan Montanari on July 9th, 2021 8:24 am

Jay and Diane,
I am so sorry for your loss. Although I never met Clint I followed his story on Facebook and admired your love and devotion to him.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Condolence from James, Vicky & Harmony Phillips on July 9th, 2021 8:30 am

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Deering family during this time. We offer our thoughts and prayers. May God give you the peace you seek.

Condolence from Traci Redman on July 9th, 2021 9:34 am

I’m so very sorry for your loss, I feel very lucky to have met clint and gave him cookies at publix bakery for years. Your family is so special. Keeping you in my prayers. Traci Redman.

Condolence from Bern And Lisa Hensler on July 9th, 2021 10:04 am

My sincere condolences on the loss of Clint. With all your family adventures, Clint was right there with you. Rest In Peace Clint.

Condolence from Ali Badiee on July 9th, 2021 10:14 am


I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family during this time. My prayers and blessings are with you.

Condolence from Dave Hardwick on July 9th, 2021 10:16 am

Although we didn’t know Clint for long he made a lasting impression on us and your love and care for him even more so
Thinking of you all at this time
Rember all the good times he gave you
Dave & Claire

Condolence from Annie Simons on July 9th, 2021 10:23 am

Clint was truly blessed to have true love from his family. I’m so sorry for your loss but you can take comfort knowing that he is with God. You are all in my prayers.

Condolence from Brad Smith on July 9th, 2021 10:48 am

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son, Clint. You are all in my prayers and may God give you peace.

Condolence from Ray Willingham on July 9th, 2021 10:56 am

Our hearts go out to all the Deering family. We have the upmost respect and admiration for the way you Jay and Diane have raised not only Clint but all you children. I base that on knowing y’all more than 25 years. God Bless all of you.
Ray&Janet Willingham

Condolence from Gail Gordon on July 9th, 2021 11:41 am

Jay and Diane, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family. I loved seeing Clint when he went to Hesse that year. He would come over and grab my hand to take me to the lunch line to see if I would get him some more food off the lunch line. Even though, he already had his lunch. Those memories I will treasure. Sending my love and hugs for all of you.

Condolence from Mike Moss on July 9th, 2021 12:28 pm

Jay, Diane, Lindsey, Luke, and Amelia, we are so sad for your loss. Your love of your son and your brother was one of the most inspiring examples of love we have ever seen. We pray for you all now and send our love to your family.

Mike & Denise Moss

Condolence from Dr. John D. Rowlett on July 9th, 2021 5:22 pm

My sincerest condolences on Clint’s passing
Dr. Rowlett (St. Joseph’s/Candler)

Condolence from Lisa Linton on July 9th, 2021 5:23 pm

Jay,Diane and family, we were so sorry to hear about Clint, our prayers are with you! Your strong family ties and adventures has been a great inspiration for us. Chuck and Lisa Linton

Condolence from María de la Guardia on July 9th, 2021 8:28 pm

May Clint’s light and spirit shine in your hearts forever. My thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family. With love.

Condolence from Steph on July 10th, 2021 1:51 am

Sending our Smphathy to you and your family🙏
Upstate NY Family~

Condolence from John & Connie Hinely on July 10th, 2021 4:57 am

Jay, Diane, Lindsey, Luke and Amelia,

We are so sorry for your loss. Clint always had a way of lighting up a room. Your family is a true testament of unconditional love and dedication. We will continue to pray for all of you.

John & Connie Hinely

Condolence from Julie Hardeman on July 10th, 2021 6:48 am

Clint brought joy to all. My favorite memory of him will always be of him walking around the neighborhood with his dog(and family). He loved that white plastic hanger! His journey has been an inspiration to me. The Deering family is in my prayers.

Condolence from Leah Colby Miller on July 10th, 2021 7:06 am

Sweet Deering family…My heart aches for you at the loss of Clint. What a kid and HOW large he lived! I can imagine it now, Clint on a solo motorcycle ride around Heaven. Sport bike, of course!

May you all find comfort in sweet memories and have peace in your hearts.

Condolence from April (Gilmore) Garner on July 10th, 2021 10:22 am

Diane and family,
I am so very sorry for the loss of Clint. I can tell by reading the comments here that he was a joy to everyone who knew him. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come.

Condolence from Missy Sackariasen on July 10th, 2021 5:08 pm

Jay, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers

Condolence from Frank & Amanda Norden on July 10th, 2021 5:09 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers

Condolence from Carolyn Shay on July 11th, 2021 3:30 pm

Diane,Jay & family. I am deeply saddened to hear about your loss of Clint. Your tribute to his life shows he enjoyed his time here. May God send comfort to you in the days ahead. Sending love to all of you ❤️ Your Dental family (previously Dr Allen). Carolyn

Condolence from Travis E. West on July 12th, 2021 9:19 am

My Heart and Prayers are with You and Diane, Jay. Clint’s Life was the perfect example of Not allowing anything or anyone take your Joy. That’s a
very rare and special intangible for anyone to be Blessed with. And Clint Had it from the Day he was Born. And I guarantee You can still feel His Smile shining down from Heaven. So make sure Clint can feel Your Smile back. I’m here for You and The Deering Family. Anything You need, Anything at all. I’m Here for you Brother. I’m here for You.

Condolence from Karen Bolfik on July 12th, 2021 11:57 am

Our sincere condolences to your entire family on the loss of Clint. What a beautiful family, with so much love. You showed him how to live life, and what a beautiful life he had. I know he’s looking down with a smile, and a big thank you!

Condolence from Elizabeth Colson on July 12th, 2021 11:18 pm

Michael Caldwell and I offer our condolences. Our prayers will be with Clint and your family. I still see that little boy in mass.

Condolence from Michele Marston on July 14th, 2021 9:10 am

To the whole Deering Family,

I do not know your amazing family and son Clint, but I wanted to send you my condolences. As a parent myself, I can’t imagine your sense of loss right now, but I can tell from the memorial of Clint that you are all so blessed. May peace and love be abundant for all of you.


Condolence from Rae Ann Upton on July 24th, 2021 10:10 am

To the entire Deering family,

My ❤️ has been touched and goes out to all of you. All of your 💕 supported Clint with his ability to live life so well on “his terms”! Yes, he had an infectious zest for life. He’s affected many as you all do with your ever pleasant ways. My thoughts and prayers continue for all of you.

Peace and love to you all,

Rae Ann & family

Condolence from Judy Salzman on July 27th, 2021 12:12 pm

I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Clint was a special soul. I hope time brings peace to your hearts.

Condolence from Katie Higgins on August 10th, 2021 2:02 pm

My heart goes out to you, Clint’s family. The very brief time I spent with Clint was spent clearing and hauling brush from the front of the UGA Aquarium. I was ever so impressed with his willingness to spend time and volunteer out of doors to improve our little corner of the world. I am grateful and better for knowing him and the family that loved him so well.

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