- Clarence, 88 of Stayton, much loved husband, father,
grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on October 2,
2014 at home with his family at his side. Clarence was born
March 7, 1926 in Meridian, ID to Elton C. and Emily (Wickham)
Clapp. The family later welcomed a daughter, Neta Mae.
was raised in Meridian and attended Meridian schools. He
joined the Navy in 1944 and served in the South Pacific during
World War II. Following his honorable discharge, he returned
to Meridian where he purchased a milk route, hauling milk to
the Meridian Creamery, beginning his career in contract
October 8, 1950, Clarence married Dorothy Bridge. Clarence and
Dorothy had four children, Linda, Susan, Carol and Michael.
The family resided in Nyssa, OR where Clarence operated a milk
route and farmed. Clarence sold his route in Nyssa and
purchased a bulk tank operation in the Willamette Valley,
hauling milk to Curly’s Dairy in Salem. Using the philosophy
of “You can’t make money on an empty truck”, throughout
his career he also hauled apples, wheat, corn silage,
dynamite, potatoes, lumber, dairy products and soy sauce. He
retired from trucking in 2001.
enjoyed spending time with family, traveling and his hobby of
collecting clocks. He and Dorothy traveled around the United
States, Europe and Australia, sometimes including family
members in their adventures.
is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy; four children,
Linda (Jim) Sandner of Alpine, WY, Susan (Lee) Barton of
Nyssa, OR, Carol Maison of Stayton and Michael (Nelle) Clapp
of Portland; 10 grandchildren, Jered, Justin, Laurel, Zacharie,
Denny, Michael, Abi, Lee, Sahalie, Claire and 6
great-grandchildren, Keely, Logan, Haylen, Keleah, Nehemiah
and Elliot, a niece Emily (Charles) Sims, nephew Raymond
(Betty) Wiley and daughter abroad, Anne Stievenart of France.
preceded in death by his parents, sister and a granddaughter,
and visitation will be held at the Stayton Christian Church in
Stayton from 5-8 pm on Tuesday, October 7.
will be held at Meridian Cemetery, Meridian, ID. In
lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to your
favorite charity. The family wants to thank Dr. Degner, Dr.
Jacques, Dr. McGreevy, and the staff at Santiam Hospital for
their care as well as Mary and Brandi of Hospice Care of the
Northwest for their kindness. Serving the family North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.