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Father of man found in creek said son died doing what he loved

Corey Clopein remembered as devoted uncle

July 26, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

Corey Clopein died doing what he loved — fishing for bass in the Conococheague Creek not far from his Shinham Road home.

Corey’s father, James Clopein, said Friday afternoon that he believed his 25-year-old son slipped on a rock and drowned in the creek near the Fairview Road bridge.

“He fished there the day before, too,” James Clopein said. “He liked to fish for bass. He liked anything that would get on his hook .... It was just a tragic accident.”

Corey Clopein’s body was found Thursday in shin-deep water, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy 1st Class Carly Hose said the official cause of death won’t be known until an autopsy is completed at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.

Authorities believe Corey Clopein was alone when the incident occurred, Hose said. Foul play does not appear to be involved, she said.

Clopein said his son went to Clear Spring High School, and played on the school’s inaugural high school football team.

In September 2003, Corey ran for 103 yards and scored a touchdown in a 13-13 tie during a junior varsity game against Williamsport, according to Herald-Mail archives.

He also was listed on the honor roll several times.

After graduating from high school in 2006, Corey joined the U.S. Air Force and worked as a jet mechanic in Germany.

When Corey came home, he immersed himself in graphic arts and photography. His father said his son amassed more than 30,000 photographs, and displayed some of them on a Facebook page titled Clopein Photography.

On Friday, the Facebook page displayed an array of colorful photographs, ranging from bands to outdoor landscapes.

“He was a really good photographer,” Clopein said. “Artistically is where he really shined.”

He said his son also liked Cadillacs and riding motorcycles, but above all else, Corey was a devoted uncle to his nieces and nephews.

“He loved them very much,” Clopein said.

The family spent much of the day on Friday going through some of Corey’s things at the family’s home, Clopein said.

He said he planned to set aside Saturday to make funeral arrangements.

“I’m just trying to understand what happened,” Clopein said.

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