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    Posted: 09 Aug 2021 at 2:57pm

Captain Cleve E. Loman Jr. USN (Ret) had three great loves in his life – his family, the Navy and the Naval Academy (especially the class of 1957).

Cleve passed away July 17, 2021, after a brief hospital stay. He was a resident of The Fairfax at Belvoir Woods, Va., with his wife, Joe Anne.

Cleve was a steadfast, principled military man, but also a loving husband, dad and granddad, and a decent, compassionate, sometimes hilarious man.

Cleve was born July 29, 1933, in Salisbury, N.C. He graduated from Andrew Lewis High School in Salem, Va., in 1951. Cleve attended Roanoke College and Norfolk Division of William & Mary-VPI while serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve, before attending the Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1957 as a member of First Company.

Cleve was blessed to find love and marriage not once, but three times.

He married Janet Brown of Lexington, N.C., in June of 1957. They had three sons: Michael (USNA Class 1980), James "Skip" and Daniel. Janet died in 1991.

With three grown, married sons, Cleve thought his child-rearing days were behind him. But fate had other plans. In 1992, Cleve fell in love and married Marianne Renjilian of Rockville, Md., the mother of a young son, Christopher. Marianne also had two grown children, Timothy and Julia. Marianne died in 2015.

In 2016, a letter of condolence reconnected Cleve with his high school sweetheart, also widowed. Their love rekindled, and at age 83, Cleve married Joe Anne Ward of Trinity, N.C., in 2017.

Cleve began his Naval career on the USS Duncan (DDR-874) before entering Submarine School in 1959. He was a member of the commissioning crew of the atomic submarine Thomas A. Edison and also served on the submarines Trutta, Requin and Sea Lion before taking command of the USS Sea Leopard.

His final tour was as commanding officer of U.S. Naval Communications Station, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, from which he retired in 1984.

When he retired from the Navy, Cleve did not retire from the sea. He and Janet spent a number of years living on their 43-foot sloop, Casita, cruising the Caribbean Sea and the Florida Keys.

Travel – and great food – remained a passion for him throughout his life. Cleve was an avid golfer and a charter member of the USNA'57 Golf Group in the Washington area.

A service of remembrance will take place at 11 a.m. Aug. 28 at The Fairfax in Fort Belvoir, Va. Cleve's ashes will be inurned in the Naval Academy Columbarium in a private ceremony in November.

Contributions may be made to U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, earmarked for the Class of 1957 Naval Heritage Chair, or to The Gary Sinise Foundation (

Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home
9902 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA 22032


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