Clifton Lee "Butch"
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March 15, 1948 - January 1, 2014
Clifton Lee "Butch" Hughbanks, 65, of Palisade, CO, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 1, 2014, in Grand Junction, CO, after a brief battle with cancer. Clif was born in Austin, Indiana to Thurman Evan and Bessie Hughbanks on March 15, 1948.
Clif was raised in the San Fernando Valley of California, and graduated from James Monroe High School. He joined the Marine Corps at 17, and volunteered to go to Vietnam. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam where he received various commendations, including the Purple Heart. He also served in the Air Force prior to enlisting in the Navy, where he would remain until his retirement in 1988. Clif was a gifted chef and BBQ'er who ran several restaurants during his life. He showed his love for people through cooking and acts of kindness. He was an avid hunter, fisher, and camper, enjoying frequent trips to Lake Powell.
Clif married Jo Anne Kelley Harris in 1991, and bravely assumed a father figure role for her three sons, John, Mike and Chris. He loved to dispense advice and share stories of his experiences across the globe in the military. He was a loving Grandpa, and enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to fish and shoot.
Clif was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his wife, JoAnne Hughbanks; daughter, Buffey Hughbanks; step-children, John Harris, Mike Harris, Chris (Connie) Harris, and Davey Drake; numerous grandchildren, including, Amanda (Enrique) Rodriguez, Amaia Harris, Blake Harris, and Ella Harris, and several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Sharon Kay and a brother, Jerry.
Special thanks to HopeWest Hospice services, and their staff, who made Clif's passing peaceful and beautiful.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to HopeWest Hospice or the First Baptist Church of Palisade.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 4th at the First Baptist Church of Palisade, 103 W. 5th, Palisade, CO.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 3, 2014