He attended college at Virginia Tech and several community colleges. Clinton “Clint” David Hopkins of Denver, Colorado, died suddenly on Sept. 4, 2022, of a coronary event.

Clint was born on June 28, 1989, in Busan, Korea. He arrived in the United States to his adoptive family on April 14, 1990. He is the son of Diana and David Hopkins of Rockbridge Baths.

Clint’s sisters are Emilee Hopkins (Brady) of Alexandria and Natalie Hopkins (Ben) of Leonardtown, Md. His nephew is Noah Farmer.

Clint first lived in Arlington, Texas, until he was 4 years of age. He immediately attached to his family and was known as a happy boy. In St. Louis, Mo., where he lived until he was 8, he enjoyed a neighborhood where there were many children with whom to play. Sometimes the boys would engage in roller hockey from morning through the evening.

Clinton was gifted in playing sports. He began playing soccer when he was 4 and continued on through high school. In middle school, after moving to Ellicott City, Md., he played club soccer and was part of the Olympic Development Team in Maryland, traveling to both Milan, Italy, and San Paulo, Brazil, to challenge the professional clubs’ junior teams. In high school he was a starter on varsity for four years, and was the team captain for his junior and senior years. He made honorable mention for Howard County high school soccer.

Besides soccer he played on a travel basketball team and enjoyed lacrosse. He was fast and had a quick spatial understanding of the games.

He was also talented in the visual arts. His oils, scratch art, pencil and charcoal pieces were exhibited in the high school office and at the Columbia, Md., mall. One of his parents’ friends commented when she saw Clint’s artwork that she was a painter, but Clint was an artist.

For over a year, starting in 2010, he worked at Macado’s in Lexington. In May of 2011 he joined his father as an employee for Southwest Airlines. He worked as a ramp agent for over 10 years. For the last three years while working full-time he attended school to obtain his Associates of Occupational Studies in Airframe & Powerplant. Once passing all the FAA tests, he obtained his certification as an aircraft mechanic. He was scheduled to transfer on Sept. 26 to Maintenance for Southwest Airlines where he was to begin a two-year apprenticeship as an aircraft mechanic.

Throughout his social and career life he was known to have a wonderful sense of humor, to be a loyal friend, a respected hard worker and often a helper to someone new on the job.

On Sept. 24, Southwest Airlines in Denver is honoring Clint by sponsoring a gathering at the airport for his fellow workers throughout their system, local family and friends. On Oct. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m., the family invites friends to a celebration of Clint’s life. It will be held at the Lexington Golf and Country Club at 141 Country Club Road in Lexington.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Dillon International, https://www., a nonprofit Hague-accredited adoption agency, or to Operation Smile, a 501c3 organization, at, or call them at 888-677-6453.

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