Urban O. “Jake” Cleek, 79, of 274 Klondike Drive, Warm Springs, Virginia passed away Monday, March 5, 2012 at the Springs Nursing Center in Hot Springs.
He was born January 7, 1933 in Warm Springs, the son of the late Andrew William “Bill” Cleek and Frances Criser Stinnett Cleek.
Jake was a veteran of the United States Army having served his country during the Korean War.
Jake was a lifelong educator who devoted his life to the education of young people in Bath County. He retired from the Bath County Public Schools after serving as a teacher, coach, principal, and Director of Instruction. Jake was the first Principal of Bath County High upon the consolidation of Valley High and Millboro High. Later Jake continued to serve the children of Bath County as a member of the Board of Supervisors for 4 years and as a member of the School Board for three terms totaling 12 years. Jake was a huge supporter of athletics, especially girl’s sports. Jake enjoyed attending the sporting events at Bath County High School and traveled many miles in support of the Bath County Girl’s Basketball program. In his last years he did not miss a home sporting event. Some of his most enjoyable years were spent operating Cleek’s Hardware on main street where he never met a stranger. Jake’s last job was as a Lockeroom Attendant at the Cascades Golf Resort. He always said, “he was the best shoe shiner in Bath County.” Jake loved the outdoors and was an avid outdoorsman. He was a member of the Fort Lewis Hunt Club for 40 years. One of his greatest passions was his horses. He spent his life riding and breeding a wide variety of horses. Jake loved growing flowers and working in his yard as well as woodworking. Jake made beautiful picture frames that house many of his family’s memories. He attended the Hot Springs Presbyterian Church, and was a member of the Hot Springs Moose and a past member of the Hot Springs Rotary.
He is survived by his wife of of 58 years, Marie “T.D.” Fry Cleek of Warm Springs, Virginia, two children, Jeffrey Olin Cleek of Warm Springs and Natalie Fitzgerald & husband Tim of Fishersville, Virginia; two granddaughters Whitney Fitzgerald of Roanoke, Virginia and Brieanna Fitzgerald & fiancé Dustin Coffey of Greenville, Virginia; a brother; Charles Stinnett & wife Pat of Pembrook, Florida and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, George Stinnett.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the Hot Springs Presbyterian Church with Reverend Glen Coleman & Pastor Donald Lee Altizer officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hot Springs Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 476, Hot Springs, Virginia or the Bath County Athletic Booster Club, 464 Charger Lane, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445.
Arrangements are being handled by McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to www.mclaughlinandyoung.com

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