Katherine Lemon Clark Gave Birth to Don Lemon Out Of Wedlock

By Prithvi Singh | Published on: March 6, 2024 | Updated on: March 6, 2024
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Katherine Lemon Clark is famous for being the mother of American journalist Don Lemon. Since giving birth to Don in 1966, Clark has been an exceptional mother supporting him in every step whether it be his career or his sexuality. 

The mother-son duo shares an unbreakable bond which can also be seen in the posts shared by the news anchor on his social media. We will further closely examine her age, marriage, husband, and more!

Key Takeaways

  • Katherine was married to Wilson Lemon and Horlis L. Clark.
  • She had an affair with Don Lemon’s father Wilmon Lee Richardson while still married to Wilson.
  • She has three children Leisa Lemon, Yma Lemon, and Don Lemon. 
  • Leisa and Yma are Don’s half sisters.
  • Her eldest daughter Leisa died at 58 in January 2018 during a fishing accident.

Where is Now? Is She Still Alive?

Yes, Katherine is still alive and well. She lives in her beautiful house in Port Allen Louisiana surrounded by close friends and family.

On the other hand, her son, Don lives in his stunning $3.1 million mansion in Sag Harbor accompanied by his fiance Tim Malone. The couple has been together since 2017.

When Was Born? Her Family History

Katherine was born Katherine Marie Bouligney in October 1942. She is 80 years old as of 2023. Besides, Clark has mostly African-American ancestry. Her mother was the daughter of biracial parents.

Likewise, Katherine’s maternal grandfather had French and Scottish-Irish ancestry.

Katherine Lemon Clark eldest sister and mother.
Her mother and eldest sister were mistaken to be white.

Moreover, in an article on CNN, Don stated that his aunt, Katherine’s eldest sister was a product of rape. Her mother used to work for a white family in Louisiana in the 1920s and was raped by the man of the house who was also the town sheriff.

Marriage And Relationship History

She was first married to Wilson Lemon in the late 1950s. However, there is little to no information regarding their initial love story. That said, it seems like the duo wasn’t as happy as one can be in their marriage.

They were having a lot of ups and downs in their relationship leading to their divorce down the line. Katherine mentioned that her hubby wasn’t treating her right when talking about the reason behind their divorce.

Clark’s Second Husband Horlis

Several years later in 1977, the celebrity mother married for the second time Horlis L. Clark. Unlike Lemon’s previous marriage, it was going pretty well and the couple was a match made in heaven. However, their love story ended after Horlis’ death.

Similarly, in May 2021, Don took to Instagram to wish his late stepfather a happy heavenly birthday. He wrote,

“Happy heavenly birthday to my handsome dad who raised me as his own after the death of my father. I got very lucky when you married my mom in 1977. I love you Dad and think of you every day. He would have been 98 years old today.”


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Katherine Had An Affair With Don’s Father While Still Married To Her Husband Wilson

As we said earlier, Mrs. Katherine was having a rough marriage with her first husband Wilson Lemon. And in the midst of their marriage, Lemon started having an affair with the late Wilmon Lee Richardson, who happens to be Don’s biological father.

Like Clark, her partner Wilmon was also married while having an affair with her. He was in a marital relationship with Annie Lawson. The duo walked down the aisle in August 1950.

Wilmon was in the U.S. Army and later became an attorney in Baton Rouge. He passed away when Don was 9 years old because of complications of diabetes. Similarly, Don discovered that Richardson was his dad at the age of 5.

Katherine Lemon Is A Mother Of Two Daughters Besides Don Lemon

Don isn’t the only child of Katherine. Matter of fact, the journalist is the youngest among the three siblings. Katherine gave birth to her eldest daughter Leisa Lemon Grimes on August 11, 1959, from her marriage to Wilson.

Similarly, her second daughter Yma Lemon was born in July 1961.

Katherine Lemon Clark with her kids.
She is the mother of three children.

The late Leisa was a U.S. Army veteran who was a commissioned officer until her untimely death in 2018. Likewise, Yma is reportedly a retired nurse. She is 61 years old and lives a private life in Prairieville Louisiana.

Her Eldest Daughter Is No More; What Happened?

Katherine’s eldest child Mrs. Leisa passed away at 58 on January 31, 2018. Reports suggest Grimes died from accidental drowning while fishing in Denham Springs.

Similarly, after her death, Lemon’s youngest child took to Twitter to mourn his sister’s death and thank everyone for their continued prayers for his family.

Katherine Is A Grandmother And Great Grandmother of Two

She is a grandmother to her daughter Lesia’s children, Ashley Grimes, Katherine Grimes, and Kimberly Grimes.

Similarly, Mrs. Clark is a beloved great-grandmother to two great-grandsons Trushaad Bush and Cairo Squires.

Lemon Clark Is Pretty Close To Her Son, Don Lemon, And Supported Him When He Came Out As Gay

As we mentioned previously, Katherine and her son are pretty close to one another. Don frequently takes to Instagram and never misses wishing her a happy Mother’s Day. Similarly, his mother is very supportive and has been by his side since birth.

Likewise, you may already know that the famous journalist is open about his sexuality. He publicly came out as gay via a New York Times profile in 2011. However, 15 years before coming out publicly Lemon came out to his mom.

Katherine Lemon Clark with her son and his fiance
Katherine has been very supportive of her son from the start.

At the time, Don was living with his first boyfriend John in New York. They had a messy breakup, and Katherine sensed her son’s unhappiness while talking with him on the phone. It was when he decided to talk about his sexuality. Don said,

“Mom, I’m really sad about John and our relationship. She asked me what kind of relationship we had, and I told her, ‘He was my lover.’ That’s when I started crying.”

She consolidated him and said that she loved him unconditionally. But deep down Clark was worried for her son’s physical and mental health. However, her view changed when Katherine found out about her son’s friends and his lifestyle. She realized that the fears were just something she had built in her head.

Ever since that day, Katherine has shown her full support. Furthermore, she was accompanied by Don’s fiance Tim Malone in the crowd while watching The View.

What Is Net Worth?

Katherine has an estimated fortune of $100,000- $500,000. On the other hand, her celebrity son, Don has an estimated fortune totaling around $12 million. He has earned wealth from his illustrious career as an anchor and journalist.