May 24, 1958 - November 11, 2012 AMARILLO, TX Born May 24, 1958, died November 11, 2012. Service 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2012 at Hillside Christian Church with Rev. Tommy Pollitz and Rev. Bob Schroeder officiating.Burial Llano Cemetery by Cox Funeral Home. Don was born on May 24, 1958 in Odessa to Donald and Rebecca Clift. He was raised in Lexington, Oklahoma where he graduated from Lexington High School. He served as the Senior Class President and the FFA Class President. Don then attended Murray State College where he served as editor for the school paper. He was also proud of his role as the Ping Pong champion on campus. Don enrolled in Oklahoma State University where he was a member of the FarmHouse Fraternity. While at OSU, he won many awards, including the OSU Animal Science Outstanding Graduate of 1980. Don moved to Amarillo in 1987 to work for Texas Cattle Feeders. He married Jana Lynn Turpen on January 6, 1990 in Amarillo. He worked in the agriculture industry for many years working for Ralston Purina in Cherokee, OK, Elanco in Eufaula, OK, Texas Farms in Perryton and Preferred Beef in Booker. Don was a loving husband, dad, son and brother. He was a friend to many and was always generous to anyone in need. He had a master network personality which helped him to make many friends and acquaintances. Don had the gift of not only being a friend but listener. He served as a board member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Amarillo in the late 1980's. He currently served on the Board of Directors of Faith City Missions and was a member of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. More than anything, Don loved his Lord and family. He always made it a point to do what ever it took to make his girls happy and laugh, even if it meant making himself look silly. Survivors 2 daughters, Shayla Clift of Tulsa and Skyla Clift of Stillwater; 3 brothers, George Clift and wife Kathi, Roger Clift of Gruver and Mark Clift of Dallas; and his parents, D.R. and Becky Clift of Lexington, OK. Please sign the online guestbook at www.coxfuneralhomeamarillo.com www.coxfuneralhomeamarillo.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 16, 2012