It is with sad news that I share that Cleve Dean passed away yesterday, May 10th, 2011. Cleve was a super nice guy, fierce competitor, great arm wrestler and a legend in the sport. Cleve was a super big guy, had a huge hand but his heart was even bigger.
(This blurb and photos were taken from the Livin’ To Pull documentary film site which featured Cleve.)
Cleve was a many time World Champion, appeared on ABC Wide World of Sports, had a cameo in the movie “Over The Top” and many other credits to his name. Cleve also competed at least twice in the World Strong Man Competition and in one case, set the record at the time for the longest tractor trailer pull.
Cleve once told me that in his prime he could get on a trampoline and do back flips. He was very quick; very agile in his prime and was very tough to beat. I don’t think anyone would ever argue that. But there was never a nicer guy.
His legacy and mark will be left on the sport of arm wrestling for all time. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Dean family and friends. He will be missed.
(This blurb and photos were taken from the Livin’ To Pull site which is a documentary film that featured Cleve.)
Click this link for the Valdosta article.