Clifford Joseph Lawson

Dec. 18, 1924 — Oct. 10, 2013


Clifford Joseph Lawson

Dec. 18, 1924 — Oct. 10, 2013

Clifford Joseph Lawson, 88, passed away Oct. 10, 2013, at his home. He was born in Eureka, Calif., to Wallace and Lena Kolding on Dec. 18, 1924. He was adopted at 7 months old by Paul and Tisbie Lawson of Lone Pine, and grew up there. From 1943-1946, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, typing discharge papers in New York.

On New Year’s Day of that year, he married Aletha Darlene Downs of Idaho, and they later moved to College Place to continue their schooling. Clifford earned his B.A. in education from Walla Walla College (now University) in 1951, and later his M.A. in education from Western Washington University in Bellingham.

He spent 41 years teaching, mostly elementary school, first in Snohomish, then in Bellingham, Puyallup, College Place, and Wenatchee. After serving at schools in Madras, Ore., and Las Vegas, he taught two years in Havi, Hawaii, then retired in 1993 and returned to College Place. Since then, he had been a member of the Walla Walla City SDA Church and participated in many music programs.

Clifford is survived by three daughters, Sheila of Walla Walla, Barbara of Boring, Ore., and LaJean of Sherwood, Ore.; and one son, Kenneth, of Riverside, Calif. He leaves six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Jacque Goodhew (Larry, Sr.) and Alta Downs; and several nieces and nephews. He also counted many former students among his “kids.” Daughter, Aletha Deeann; and wife, Aletha Darlene; preceded him in death.

The memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the Walla Walla City Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2133 Howard St., Walla Walla. Memorial contributions may be made to Maranatha Volunteers International or Three Angels Broadcasting Network through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla.

Friends and family are invited to share memories and sign an online guestbook at


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