Of Carmichael, passed away January 20, 2013. He was 99. Born on a farm near Emmetsburg, Iowa on October 10, 1913, he was the second of eight children born to Margaret and Leman Place. He had a fun childhood on the farm and at the 1-room country school, but after high school and one year of junior college, he left the farm for an exciting new life out west in California. He then spent the remainder of his life in California, Arizona and Texas.
His first job was as a Good Humor man, and he excelled as a salesman. When he had saved enough money, he took flying lessons, which led to a life long love of flying and his life's career. He delivered planes cross country, and eventually to places as far away as Australia. He also taught flying for many years. In early December 1941, he was responsible for delivering four planes from the east coat to the west coast. In route, they landed at his parent's farm in Iowa. The following day, Pearl Harbor was attacked, and the planes were then grounded at the farm for several days. During World War II he was a member of the Air Transport Command and flew cargo planes over the 'Hump' from India to China. Later in his career he flew helicopters and then taught helicopter flying. During his life he flew seventeen types of aircraft. In 1974 he published a book, 'Flight Commander J-3 Cub: Expressions of Gratitude.' His second love was riding motorcycles, and he had one most of his life. He especially enjoyed riding the hills of San Francisco during his retirement years. In 2004 he moved to El Camino Gardens in Carmichael, CA. He loved sharing stories with the other residents, and continued his high tech interests with computers, cameras and TV. He was sharp as a tack until the day he died, and could recall story after story from his adventure-filled life.
His only marriage ended in divorce, and he is survived by his daughter Deborah, two granddaughters, his two sisters, Louise Petty of Signal Mt., TN and Charlotte Frink of Carmichael, CA, one brother, Harlan Place of Emmetsburg, IA, several nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Sandra Meadows of Dallas, TX. At family gatherings, the latest being Christmas 2012, everyone enjoyed being in his presence. His engaging spirit & positive attitude made him a beloved family member to all, and he will be missed. A service celebrating Clifford's life will be held Jan. 26, 2013 at 3pm at El Camino Gardens, 2426 Garfield Ave., Carmichael.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jan. 24, 2013