Mar 25, 2013 3:01 PM by Maddie Garrett
Hundreds attended a memorial service Monday morning for slain Colorado Department of Corrections Director, Tom Clements. It was held at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Governor John Hickenlooper, colleagues from Missouri and Clements' wife, Lisa, were among the speakers at the emotional service.
The memorial focused on Clements' lifetime dedication to service in corrections, and shed some light on who he was in his personal life.
His family said he was inspired to serve in the corrections industry after he visited his uncle in prison when he was just 16 years old. After graduation, Clements started out as a probation and parole officer in Missouri. He quickly rose through the ranks, and worked for 31 years for the Missouri Department of Corrections.
In 2011, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Clements as the Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. His family said Clements described their move to Colorado as their "grand adventure."
Those who knew Clements described him as an innovative and courageous leader, with a sense of humor and kind spirit. He was also remembered as a family man, who loved his wife Lisa, and daughters Rachel and Sara.
A private funeral was held for Clements on Sunday. His family has asked that any donations in his name be given to the following charities:
Prison Fellowship: http://www.prisonfellowship.org
Open Door: http://opendooryouth.org
Correctional Peace Officers Foundation: http://www.cpof.org