Samson, Clifton R., Sr., 80, passed away peacefully on June 25th 2013, in Capistrano Beach, California.
Clifton was born in Lucasville, Ohio on March 20, 1933 to Clifton and Dorothy (Rockwell) Samson. The oldest of three children (sister, Nancy, and brother, John), Clifton grew up in Ohio, living most of his young life in Eaton. Clifton graduated from Eaton High School, where he starred on the school's football team as quarterback and on the basketball team. A gifted student, after graduating from high school, Clifton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the Lowell Technological Institute in 1955, and a Master's degree in Meteorology from the University of Michigan
After college, Clifton proudly served in the United States Air Force, ultimately reaching the rank of Major. In addition to being stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, Stewart AFB in New York, and RAF Station in Bentwaters, England, Clifton also served a tour in Vietnam, stationed at the Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Pleiku AB from April 1963 through May 1964. During this tour of duty, Clifton provided weather forecasts and briefings in support of air and ground military operations. After Vietnam, Clifton served at the USAF Solar Observing and Forecasting Location in Los Angeles, California. Clifton was honorably discharged from active duty in 1968. Following his military career, Clifton taught mathematics for over a decade at Washington High School and Carson High School. Clifton eventually returned to federal service, working as a mechanical engineer for the United States Navy
at the Point Mugu Naval Air Station. As an engineer, Clifton helped develop and improve air launched missile systems, including the Harpoon. Clifton retired from federal service in the late 1990s.
While in college at Lowell Tech, Clifton met and fell in love with a beautiful young coed, Marion Paul. The two married, and lived a long happy life together. Clifton and Marion were loving parents to four children, Clifton, Jr., Roberta Jane, Jennifer, and John, and loving grandparents to nine grandchildren. Clifton taught his children many values, including, love, patience, integrity, commitment, and faith in God. Because of his loving guidance, Clifton's children have in turn become good parents and successful adults.
Clifton had a sharp mind and a quick wit. He loved to walk, to read, and to play chess. Always an avid sports fan, Clifton enjoyed watching games, and rooting for the Big-10, especially the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines. Clifton has passed on his athletic ability to his children and grandchildren, each of whom have demonstrated skill in their own favorite sports and athletic activities.
Clifton was preceded in death by his parents, and his loving wife, Marion. Clifton is survived by his sister and brother; four children; and nine grandchildren. He will be interned at St. Andrews by the Sea.