GW “Mack” McClendon, Jr., lovingly known as “Poppy”, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2022 at the age of 72 after a long battle with bronchiectasis. He was born on September 24, 1949 to Billie Ruth McClendon and GW McClendon, Sr., and was raised in Tickfaw. After attending Southeastern University, he spent two years in the United States Air Force before moving to Baton Rouge.
Mack was a devoted family man who was always willing to help those around him. He enjoyed boating and fishing, especially fishing trips with his daughter, but his greatest joys were his two granddaughters. Mack loved sharing stories or showing pictures of his girls. He would always smile and have a sparkle in his eye when talking about how proud he was of his daughter and his beautiful grandbabies. He loved his family with all his heart.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne Sanchez McClendon; his daughter Katie McClendon Palm and her husband Danny; and his two grandchildren, Rebecca and Anna. He is also survived by his sisters, Penny Dreher and Ruth Bergeron and husband Larry; and special friends John Walker, Donnie Cook, Dan Bieber, and Kevin Romeo. He’s also survived by numerous friends, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father GW (Mac) McClendon, Sr.; mother, Billie McClendon Yersavich; brother Harry Bernard, Jr.; sister, Patsy Butler; brothers-in-law Donnie Dreher and Ronnie Sanchez.
Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation which will be held at Resthaven Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 16, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visitation resumes at Resthaven on Thursday, March 17, from 9:00 a.m. until Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Hospital CCMS and PCU.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com.