Joe Kotouc Clema, 79, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2017 in The Villages, FL. with his loving
wife Esthella at his side. He was born in September 23, 1938 in Omaha, NE of Czechoslovakian heritage.
Joe was an extraordinary patriotic man with strong values. After graduating from high school with
national awards in Science, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and followed
in his father’s footsteps.
As an Army Veteran and a Military Scientist, he had a long career and life of achievements in Science
and Technology which started at West Point, Company A-2, Class of 1961.
After getting his Ph. D. at Colorado State Univ., he was assigned to conduct chemical warfare research
at Edgewood Arsenal in Fort Collins, CO. This assignment also who took him to Germany and France for
a couple of years. A pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence, he was gratified to see the benefits of
his contributions into everyday life. His love and enthusiasm for science led him to publish more than 45
professional papers, and serve as Chairman of the Association for Computer Machinery. He was a Senior
member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. and the Armed Forces
Communications and Electronic Association.
His expertise in Computer Sciences, as well as his experience in the field of Technology, led him to the
top post as Chief Scientist at Fort Belvoir, VA, a position that he held until his retirement in 2012.
While serving as a National Lecturer for the ACM, he was invited by the University of Ottawa in Canada
to a NATO Conference where he met his wife Esthella.
His enthusiasm for life was not only contagious, but also inspiring. He was a great, proud and a very
humble man. He never relinquished his great sense of humor, which everybody who knew him will long
As a scientist, his legacy will be remembered because his complete biography was chosen
to be preserved and included in the White House Millennium Time Capsule as one of the enduring
items to represent America at the turn-of-the Millennium. This is considered a great honor.
In 2016, he and Esthella moved to The Villages, where he joined the Parkinson’s Fight Club. There he
made great friends that he enjoyed and cherished until his last days. Joe touched and inspired so many
people over the years, and his legacy will be a treasured gift to those who knew him.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents Col. Joe A. Clema and Sylva Marie Kotouc, and daughter
Jennifer “Jen” Clema. He is survived by his wife Esthella Clema of 32 years, his brother Bill Clema,
Judy Clema, his sister-In law, his nice Kristy Clema and his cousin Jon Clema.
Memorial donations may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation (Parkinson.org)
Online condolences may be left to the family at BaldwinCremation.com.
A funeral service with full military honors will be held at 10:00 am at Bushnell National Cemetery,
in Bushnell, FL. on January 26. A Celebration of Life reception will follow at 12:00 noon at the
Eisenhower Rec. Center, 3560 Buena Vista Boulevard, The Villages, FL 32163 (352) 674-8390.