Class of 1959
Logansport High School
November 19, 1941 - September 16, 2002 (60)
Retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer
Dewayne "Mac" McClaeb, 60, of Annapolis, MD, died Sept.
16 at his home after a battle with cancer.
Chief McClaeb was born on Nov.
19, 1941, in Logansport, IN. He joined the Navy in August
1960 as a musician.
After a tour with the Navy Band
in Pensacola, FL, he reported to the Naval
Academy Band in Annapolis in 1964 where he served as a trumpeter
in the marching band, concert band and jazz ensemble.
At the height of his career with
the academy band, he led and was the band's leading chief petty
officer, the highest enlisted position in the organization. He
retired in 1990.
He was credited as co-founder of
"The Original Crabtown Stompers," which performed throughout
the Annapolis area for 25 years.
After retiring, he continued playing
trumpet as a freelance musician performing with his own Dixie
group, the Zim Zemarel Orchestra, the Dick Hochman Dixieland
Band, the Barbone Street Jazz Band and the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble.
He was a member of the First Baptist
Church of Eastport and the Naval Academy Golf Association, an
officer of Branch 24 of the Fleet Reserve Association and president
of the Fairwinds Condominium Association.
Chief McClaeb is survived by his
wife, B.J. Doyle McClaeb, also a local musician; his son, Timothy
McClaeb, and his daughter, Teresa McClaeb, both of Annapolis;
and one grandson.
Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and
7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Taylor Funeral Home, 147
Duke of Gloucester St. A memorial service will be at 11
a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at First Baptist Church of Eastport,
208 Chesapeake Ave. A graveside service will follow at
1 p.m. at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to the American Cancer Society, Anne Arundel County
Unit, 1041 Route 3 North, Gambrills, MD 21054.
And Mac's wife B.J. offered this as part of her thoughts at this
He was a wonderful man and I
miss him more than anyone can ever know. But at the
same time, I feel so lucky to have had 14 years with him. I also
realize what a blessing to have shared the type of "true
love" we had for 14 years. Some go through a life
time without ever knowing it at all.
Friends have referred to it as a "on
going love affair". I think that is a rather nice
way to remember it !
Here is a web
address where you will find some pictures of Mac.