|Birth: ||Jul. 23, 1917|
|Death: ||Apr. 10, 2011|
Clearwater County lost a pioneer with the passing of D. Clifford Anderson, Sunday, April 10, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital. He was 93.
Cliff was born to Elizabeth J. and Daniel G. Anderson on July 23, 1917, on the Wells Bench ranch, where he resided for 93-plus years. His father migrated from Norway and homesteaded 160 acres in 1905. This ranch has remained in the Anderson family for 106 years.
At the age of 14, Cliff moved to town, where he "batched" and attended Orofino High School. He rode his horse the six miles to be at home on weekends. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1934, and worked in Spokane delivering laundry and the Idaho State Hospital North before returning to the ranch where he was raised.
On May 30, 1941, Cliff married Gladys M. Flathers, a school teacher from Jerome, who had come to the Wells Bench School to teach. They had two children, son, Craig, and daughter, Greta, and enjoyed 62 years of marriage until Gladys' passing June 8, 2003.
Cliff was primarily a beef cattle rancher, but supplemented that income with work in the woods; as a Soil Conservation District technician; and as a Clearwater County commissioner.
Cliff believed in giving back to the community and state in which he resided. He served 10 years as a Clearwater County commissioner during a span of time ranging from 1955 to 1979. During his 1955-1957 term, he was instrumental in bringing Clearwater Valley Hospital to Orofino. He later served 11 years on the hospital's Board of Trustees, including 10 as Chairman. Cliff also gave 21 years of service on the Board of Directors of the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association.
A lifelong Democrat, he was recognized in 2008 by the Clearwater County Democrats for dedicated service. Cliff believed in the future of the youth, which was reflected by his lifelong service to the 4-H program. He also served as a director of the Idaho Cattlemen's Association, supervisor of the local Soil Conservation District, and a member of the Idaho Animal Damage Control Board from 1957 to 2005.
As a 93-year resident of Clearwater County, he was an invaluable resource for the Clearwater Historical Museum and served a number of years on its board, including acting as treasurer.
Cliff also attended the Wells Bench Community Church, once known as the Anderson Sunday School, beginning as a young child. He was also a member of the Wells Bench Grange No. 378, Clearwater County Pomona Grange, and Idaho State Grange.
Survivors include son, D. Craig Anderson and Pat of Turner, OR, daughter Greta DeSola and James of Robstown, TX; grandson Jace Anderson of Corvallis, OR; nieces Joellen McGill and Steve, Lori Kaufman and Larry, and Dana Vargas and John, all of Orofino; cousin Lillian Stanley and Ted of Seattle; and friend and companion, Carolyn Bray, of Orofino.
The services were conducted April 20 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Burial will follow at Sanders Cemetery on Lower Wells Bench Road.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of D. Clifford Anderson to: Clearwater Historical Museum, P.O. Box 1454, Orofino, ID 83544-1454; or Clearwater Valley Hospital Foundation, 301 Cedar Ave., Orofino, ID 83544.
April 21, 2011
Gladys M Flathers Anderson (1916 - 2003)
Created by: B. Flowers
Record added: May 24, 2013
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