Clinton was born September 21, 1936 to Clinton F. and Della M. Spindler in Kalispell. He was raised in the Flathead Valley, graduating from Flathead Valley High School in 1955. Upon completing high school, he enlisted in the United States Army, and served as a military police officer at Camp Irwin, Calif. and Pusan, Korea. After being honorably discharged, Clinton returned to Plains where he operated the Texaco Service Station, the Plains Wrecker Service, and, out of concern for the citizens of Sanders County, the Plains Ambulance Service was established, which he owned and operated for many years. At this time, Clinton joined the Masonic Ponemah Lodge # 63 in Plains and was a 32nd degree Mason, being a 48 year member. In 1976, he became the Chief of Police in Plains, where he faithfully served the town and county until 1995. Clinton really enjoyed the friendships and relationships he developed over his many years in Plains. In 1999, he relocated to Grants, N.M. where he went to work as a federal corrections officer for the Corrections Corporation of America.
Clinton is survived by his wife, Dorothy Spindler of Grants, N.M.; mother, Della M. Spindler of Polson; sons, Clinton (Julie) Spindler of Tooele, Utah, Michael (Jennifer) Spindler of Anchorage, Alaska, Thomas (Peggy) Spindler of Palmer, Alaska, and David (Josie) Spindler of Hayden, Idaho; brothers, Charles F. Spindler of Stevensville, Mont. and Andrew Spindler of Whittier, Calif.; sister, Mary Alice Rousselle of Ronan; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father and his grandson, Adrian Spindler.
The honorary pallbearers will be Rick Doty, Dee Glassgow, Sal Benevidiz, Andy Sanders, Nyle Bevans, John Fitzgerald, and Gary Cook.
Memorial services for Clinton were held Monday, Dec. 3, at New Hope Outreach in Milan, N.M. The Rev. Clyde Clark officiated. Arrangements have been made under the direction of Compassion Mortuary.