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Obituary of Dorothy Clendenin (1941 – 2021) – Los Angeles, CA


July 28, 1941 – September 21, 2021 Dorothy Mae Clendenin née Kemp passed away peacefully on September 21, 2021, with her family by her side at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. She had suffered from COPD for a long time. Dottie’s life was filled with adventure: she was born in El Centro, Calif., In a tradition of “ditch bank girl.” After the death of her father Joseph Kemp, her mother Audrey May Kemp née Klump and teenage Dottie moved to Orange County. Disneyland was just three years old in 1958 when Dottie got a job at the Market House on Main Street. One of the highlights was that Walt Disney held the door to him. She was a student in the early days of Orange County State College, now California State University, Fullerton. She fondly recalled a part-time job helping to publicize College elephant races in 1962. Dottie was hired by Road & Track magazine in 1964, became editor, and worked there for 27 years. His editorial adventures range from Japan to the Arctic Circle, including the trip to Leningrad in Soviet times. Later, for 12 years, she was editor-in-chief of Northern New England Journey, the region’s monthly AAA magazine produced by Southern California AAA. Dottie is survived by husband Dennis Simanaitis, stepdaughters Suzanne and Elizabeth and many loving members of the Kemp extended family. A memorial service is planned. Dottie was an animal lover (her St. Bernard Max, a number of cats, including Second Timothy). Kind thoughts and donations in her honor could be directed to a cat rescue organization of her choice.

Posted by Los Angeles Times on September 29, 2021.