Clifford O. Lank (1927 - 2017)

  • "Dear Cliff, for some reason I thought of you today, and..."
    - Timothy Bizak
  • "Mom put up a photo of you on a horse today. It doesnt..."
  • "Dad-e-oh! If I'd known the last time I talked to you..."
  • "Papa, #1 youngest son here. I sold your beloved Ford..."
  • "Rest in Peace clank. You were one of a kind in a state that..."
    - Michael Moeglein

Clifford O. Lank, born Aug. 8, 1927, died in Anchorage, Alaska, at Providence Hospital on Sept. 22, 2017, of chronic lymphatic leukemia. He told everyone, "I'll be 91 on my next birthday!"
The oldest of five children of Clarence and Enid Lank, Cliff was a farm boy from Alberta, Canada. He married, immigrated to the USA and attended Brigham Young University. Cliff began working for IBM in 1962 and made it his life's career, retiring in 1990. Around 1992, he became a founding partner in The Downtown Co-Op, selling art and collectibles, and worked there for over 10 years. He always said everyone should have something to do and something to look forward to.
Cliff and his IBM buddies fished at Lewis Lake, Yellowstone Park for over 30 years - they all called him Clank.
Cliff was a western cowboy at heart, a member of the John Wayne Riding Club, honored to be an Alaskan, proud to be a Canadian and yet, fierce about USA politics. He was lively in all his conversations with people known to him and unknown. He summered in Alaska and wintered in Hawaii.
Cliff is survived by four children; eight grandchildren; three sisters; one brother; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends throughout the USA, Canada, Australia, Asia and Europe.
A Memorial will be held at Yellowstone National Park in summer 2018.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2017