Clinton Richard Sampson
Clinton R. Sampson died peacefully in the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.
Friends and family may call on Monday, April 13, 2009, from 5-7 p.m. at the Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.
Interment with military honors will be in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 10 a.m. From 11:30 a.m. to noon friends may greet the family at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Redlands Chapel, 2235 Kingston Road. The memorial service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the church with Bishop Craig Stagg conducting.
Clinton was born, the seventh of 11 children, on Jan. 22, 1924, to Alonzo and Mary Alice Sampson in McCornick, Utah. He graduated from Delta High School in 1942, and in 1943 was called to serve in World War II. Returning from the war he was recruited to play football in Fort Collins and later for Mesa State College in Grand Junction, where he was an Intermountain Conference all-star. He lived on the Western Slope and Roaring Fork Valley from 1946-2009.
Clinton married Lola Ogden on Dec. 12, 1954, in Las Vegas. Clinton is survived by his wife, Lola; a sister, Myrna (Clifford) Woodall of Salt Lake City; a son, Woody of Aquadilla, Puerto Rico; a daughter, Sharon (David) Rettie of Riverton, Utah; a son, Dale (Yvette) Sampson of Colorado Springs; a daughter in-law, Kim Peterson of Bakersfield, Calif.; grandchildren, Shawn, Venessa, Alexander, Michael, Karrah, Rachel, Derrek, Matthew, Whitney, Blake, Taylor and Tanner; and great-grandchildren Shawn Jr. and Jaelynn.
Clinton’s career was in the dairy industry. He owned and operated the Aspen Dairy, and the Glenwood Springs Creamery, which he sold to Meadow Gold Dairies and continued with them until his retirement.
Clinton loved the Lord and was an active member of the 8th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in many church positions. His greatest joy was his family.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Grand Valley Senior Daybreak, 599 30 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81504; or the Alzheimer’s Association of Grand Jct. 2232 N. Seventh #B1, Grand Junction, CO 81501. Arrangements are under the direction of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.
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