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Clifford G. Thomas
February 11, 1933 - November 21, 2012
Clifford G. Thomas, 79, of Cottonwood, Ca. went to be with the Lord November 21, 2012 after fighting a long battle with Alzheimer's.
He is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 48 years, Sharon, his four children, Jim Thomas (Charlene), Richard Thomas (Susan), Terry Bayley (Bruce), and Debbie Wallace (Dick), his other children (he raised as his own), Tony Boban (Robin), Danny Boban (Darcy), Steve Boban, Patrick Boban, and Angela Boban (Triss), along with 19 Grandchildren and 30 Great Grandchildren. Brothers, Chuck Thomas, Floyd Thomas, David Thomas (Patty), and sisters, Alva Dollarhide, Elaine Winston, and La Johnna Rienhart, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Cliff was born in Modesto, Ca. February 11, 1933. His dad was a minister and moved the family to Fall River Mills, Ca. where he spent most of his childhood before moving to Orland, Ca. when he was a senior in high school. Cliff graduated from Orland High School in June of 1950 and was married to Katherine Parker in July that same year. They had four children. After 13 years, the marriage ended.
He then married the love of his life, his soul mate, Sharon Boban June 1, 1964. They shared such a unique, special relationship, you seldom saw one without the other. He was the most loving, kind, and gentle man, always putting his wife and children first. He had such a great sense of humor.
He worked for Plywood in Anderson for 10 years before becoming a truck driver. He worked for Lad Amen Trucking and then for Peter's Trucklines in Redding where he worked for over 20 years, upon retirement, never missing a day of work. Cliff was a great role model for his children. He loved hunting and fishing. He hunted in Colorado, Idaho, and locally. He enjoyed teaching his boys how to hunt and fish.
Cliff served in the U. S. Navy from 1951-1955. He was a gunners' mate aboard the USS Bradley and the USS Quincy in the Korean War.
Cliff's kind spirit impacted many lives. Those that knew him were truly blessed. He was an exceptional husband, father and friend, always thinking of others. He will be missed beyond words.
A 'Celebration of Life' will be held at the Cottonwood Community Center, 20595 Gas Point Road, Cottonwood, Ca. Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Alzheimer's research or Cancer research.
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Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Nov. 28, 2012