Longtime Madera community humanitarian Charles “Val” Valgene Clute once said the two most important things he wanted to achieve in life were “to be remembered and to be respected.”
Just months after his death on April 22 at the age of 85, Clute has become the sixth Maderan to be named a Memorial Lifetime Achievement honoree by the Madera District Chamber of Commerce.
But he was well respected and a well-loved member of various clubs and organizations in Madera long before that, his friends say.
“Both Val and (his wife of 50 years) Nancy had such an impact on the community,” said Madera Sunrise Rotary Club past president Ross Thornton. “They had an awful lot of friends and helped an awful lot of people. They were both revered and respected. They touched a lot of lives.” ...