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Colby McClellan, age 33, of Lubbock Texas went to heaven on July 14, 2019. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends all of which Colby had touched their lives in some way. He was born in Lubbock, TX on October 25, 1985.
Colby was a proud husband, loving father, a caring son, devoted brother and a loyal friend to many with a wonderful smile. A Red Raider from birth, he graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Business Administration. He began a successful career with Wells Fargo Bank in 2007. He married the love of his life Heather Kettering in August of 2013. In 2017, their son Levi was born.
Colby had a contagious smile, the warmest heart, and overwhelming kindness. He was a true friend in every sense of the word. He was only here for a short time, but he brought happiness and cheer to all those he touched. Colby was a devoted older brother, watching over his brothers Barkley and Landon, and his stepbrothers Ryan and C.J. providing guidance and leadership as they grew up. He was the glue to the family, pulling everyone together any chance he could.
Colby was the kind of person you could call at any hour of the day and you could count on him to be there for whatever you needed. He truly cared about other people’s feelings and would be quick to help, whether to lend a hand or just listen. And for someone who claimed to not like animals, he sure was an animal whisperer. He rescued several animals including rabbits, frogs, turtles, and a plethora of birds. From Mr. T, the turtle, who was crossing the road or Tweedy, the wandering parakeet, who stumbled into the front yard one winter night, Colby always wanted to help.
He had unmistakable energy, always giving the room a lively feel when he walked in. Colby was liked by everyone he encountered and there is not one person who would say differently. At every wedding or event, you could count on seeing the “Colby Point”, his signature dance/photo move. He was always quick to play a joke or pull a prank simply because he wanted to make people laugh. And in our hearts, he will always be remembered as “Cheese”.
Colby enjoyed golf, baseball, Texas Tech sporting events, traveling, poker night and competing in fantasy sports leagues with friends. He was a master griller and self-taught chef, who was happy to serve and share his love for others by hosting cookouts and dinners any day of the week. With the support of his wife, Heather, they would head the meal preparation of many family gatherings, as they both shared a love for cooking and spent many nights together doing so.
From beach vacations and traveling the east coast, to mountain getaways in Ruidoso, Colby and Heather went on many adventures. On their first cruise together, Heather convinced Colby to zip line for the first time and from then on, they made a point to zip line every opportunity they had. Heather fondly remembers their honeymoon, on which they zip-lined down a volcano above the rainforest, then enjoyed an evening relaxing in the hot springs below. When they were craving an adventure but could not take a long vacation, Colby and Heather would often pack up and head to the mountains to our family cabin which holds a special place in all of our hearts. This is where Colby asked Heather to be his wife.
Colby looked forward to the day that he would be a father. The timing worked out such that Heather was able to share the news that he was going to be a daddy on his birthday; he said it was the best birthday of his life. This began their greatest adventure. Being a father to Levi gave Colby great joy. He loved playing ball in the backyard, teaching him how to get his guns up and say “Go Tech!”.
Survivors include his wife, Heather Ruth McClellan; son, Levi Garrett McClellan; father, Mike L. McClellan; mother, Rene Bell and husband, Jim; siblings, Barkley Keith McClellan, Landon Michael McClellan and wife, Tyka; Ryan Bell and wife, Amy; Christian “CJ” Bell and wife, Nicole; maternal grandparents, Keith Kimbler and wife, Chris; niece, Zoey Bell; nephew, Cole Wallace; brother-in-law, Aaron Kettering and wife, Kara; mother-in-law, Jenny Kettering; father-in-law, David Kettering and wife, Dartha and numerous extended family and friends.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate his 33 years of life at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2019, at Southcrest Baptist Church.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, those who are willing and able, donate blood to their local blood bank in honor of Colby. Donations may also be made to an account set up to benefit Levi, https://www.gofundme.com/f/big-shoes-to-fill-colby-memorial-benefiting-levi?
or to the account named “Levi McClellan Donation Fund” set up to benefit Levi through any Wells Fargo Bank location.