Class of 1959
Logansport High School
Logansport, Indiana

Mac McClaeb

Dewayne "Mac" McClaeb

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 time:
     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.