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Myrle C. Clifton

Myrle C. Clifton 

84, of La Verne, Calif., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, November 18, 2010, after a courageous 10-year battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was surrounded by his wife and children when he passed.

Myrle C. Clifton 'Cliff' was born on November 6, 1926, in Burbank, Calif., the son of Myrle C. Clifton and Elma M. Clifton. Myrle was also the brother of Virginia Welland.

Myrle attended high school at Woodrow Wilson High School, and furthered his education at both Oregon State University and Cal State University in Los Angeles. He went on to become a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, where he served during World War II, spending a large portion of his time in Europe as a currency carrier for the 
troops. After his time in the Army, Myrle went to work for the Department of Water and Power in Los Angeles, where he retired in 1978 after 30 years of service as a civil engineer. Never one for sitting idle, after his retirement from the Department of Water and Power, he continued working as an engineering consultant with Cal Trans and 
Fluor Daniel. Myrle was also an Elk, and was associated with BPOE 1996 in West Covina, Calif.

Myrle is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy, of La Verne, Calif. Children include son Randy Clifton and wife Cindy of Santa Rosa, Calif.; daughter Laura Landaker and husband Joe of Big Bear City, Calif.; son Mark Clifton and fianc'e Michelle of Penn Valley, Calif.; daughter Joanne Kelley of Monrovia, Calif.; and daughter Stephanie 
Deatherage and husband Rich of Lake Forest, Calif. Surviving grandchildren are Jennifer, Jason, Jamie, Joel, Steven, Heather, Scott, Layne, Traci, Sean and Lisa. Myrle was preceded in death by grandson Jared M. Landaker. Great-grandchildren are Alexis, Isabella, Jocelyn, Alyssa, Kai, Natasha and Jonah.

Myrle was a loving husband and family man who always placed the needs of everybody else before his own. He loved to read and learn, was quick-witted, and always enjoyed a good laugh. Myrle will truly be missed by all those that knew him. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or your local hospice.

"Big Bear Grizzly"  Published: Thursday, December 16, 2010 3:30 PM PST
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper