Thursday, November 15, 2012

Clifford Glen Finley

Clifford Glen Finley
1926 ~ 2012
Clifford Glen Finley, age 86, passed away in peace on November 13, 2012.
Cliff was born February 18, 1926 on his older brother's fifth birthday. He was born in Hiawatha, Utah to Lewis Stanley Finley and Hattie Hickman. Cliff joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during WWII while in the Navy on the USS Kitty Hawk. He later married Nina Ruth Kimball on August 9, 1950 in the Mesa L.D.S. Temple.
Cliff had a long career as an accountant at Sperry Rand Univac after graduating from B.Y.U. The greatest joy of his life was his family. As a member of the "greatest generation," he was generous with his time and resources and especially loved serving others less fortunate. A distinguished gentleman, a proud patriot of our country, and kind to the core, Cliff taught his family about hard work, respect and fondness for the outdoors, and the importance of education. With an eye for adventure and a mischievous sense of fun, Cliff was the center of his family.
His grandchildren and great grandchildren were his passions as well. He taught them to make a mean milkshake, fish, appreciate the great game of football, especially B.Y.U. sports, and to find the positive in every person and situation. A natural leader by example and deed, Cliff taught those around him to laugh, love life, and relish every moment. He will be remembered most in the hearts of those he helped in times of sickness and sorrow. His lasting gifts to family will be pride in heritage, a devoted life to family and friends, diligent service, and a love of God and fellow man.
Survived by his brother Max, and his sons: Gary and Glen (Natalya) and his daughters Debra (Lon) and Deanna (Jim), 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
A graveside dedication will be held Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:00 at the Valley View Cemetery, 4335 West 4100 South, West Valley City.

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Published in Deseret News on November 16, 2012

1 comment:

A.J. Williams said...

Wonderful sentiments about a wonderful person. I so remember the feelings of joy and living each moment to the fullest from the times being around Cliff.

His infectious smile and positive attitude permeated any situation into which he ventured, even through the waning days of the time he shared with us.

Cliff's obvious love for his family was a great example to me as I stumbled through my own parenting and grand-parenting efforts. He adored Nina, loved his children, and absolutely cherished his grandkids and great-grandkids.

Debra's and Deanna's tireless and loving support of their dad is a real testament about unconditional love.

Sending much aloha and love to all the family, especially Debra, Deanna, Gary, and Glen.

Artie Williams
Kathy Williams