Donna McLeod

Donna McLeodDonna Lee Clodt McLeod passed away in Lancaster on April 5, 2019.

Donna was born to Erich Cris Clodt and Mildred Rosebud Caffee Clodt on May 24, 1933, in Wessington Springs, S.D. She was one of nine children. The family moved to Anaheim in June 1941.

Donna graduated from Anaheim Union High School in 1951 and joined the U.S. Navy WAVES soon afterwards. As an avid player of contract bridge, she met Benjamin McLeod, and they were married on Nov. 6, 1964. They raised their family in Fullerton; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Valencia, Calif., as Ben was employed in the aerospace industry as the nation prepared for the first moon landings starting in 1969.

Upon retirement, Ben and Donna moved to Carson City, Nev., where they enjoyed the majestic beauty of the Sierra Nevada and almost daily could be found playing bridge together. After Ben’s passing in 2011, Donna continued to assist at bridge games in Ridgecrest and enjoyed early- morning nature walks in the desert community. She was also active in the preservation of naval history as a volunteer at the China Lake Museum.

Donna is preceded in death by her husband Ben, her parents, her brother Robert and her sisters Marlene and Karen.

Ben and Donna are survived by their son and daughter, Brad and Beth; three granddaughters and five great-grandchildren.

Donna is also survived by her brothers and sisters including Mary Ann (Robert) Clodt, Betty (Stanley) Mullins, Marion (Glenn) Hunsaker, Richard and Geri Clodt, Ronald and Iona Clodt and Dennis and Connie Clodt. In addition, Donna is survived by her faithful caregivers, Steve and Jane Hunsaker, and by a host of much-loved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

“It broke our hearts to lose you. You didn’t go alone. Part of us went with you the day God called you home.”

In lieu of funeral services, contributions may be made in Donna’s memory at the China Lake Museum Foundation, P.O. Box 217, Ridgecrest, CA 93556. For those who are interested, personalized tributes for the museum’s new courtyard are also being accepted at the museum’s website,

— Submitted by the family of Donna McLeod

Story First Published: 2019-05-10