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Clifford Eugene Ranch

Born: 9/10/1947, Craig, Colorado
Death: 12/2/2015, Moab, Utah
Viewing: 12/07/2015, 6;00 to 8:00 pm, , Spanish Valley Mortuary
Service: 12/08/2015, 11:00 am, Moab LDS 400 North Chapel
Interment: 12/08/2015, 12:30 pm, , Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery

Clifford Eugene Ranch,68, of Moab passed away December 2, 2015 at his home. Clifford was born on September 10, 1947 in Craig Colorado, to Augustus (Gus) Ranch and Doris Ireland Ranch. He is the youngest of 3 children. The family lived in La Sal, Utah. He graduated in 1966 at Monticello High School.

He married the love of his life Daphen Roean Bastian on September 16, 1967 in Moab, Utah where they made their home. He served in the US Navy in Vietnam, came home and he worked as a barber with Cotton in the old Miller's Shopping Center.

He gave up the Barber shop and went to work for Mac and Hac where he learned to drive an 18 wheeler truck hauling Uranium ore.

Clifford then went to work for W.H Burt's Explosive hauling dynamite and retired after 25 years. Clifford loved to collect , pistols, rifles and anything that shoots.

His favorite football team was the Denver Bronco's. Dad and his boy's went to their first game on November 15, 2015. He was so happy about being able to attend that game even though Denver lost.

Clifford loved to hunt, camp and all the family gatherings. He was a gifted story teller, always had a smile and loved to tell jokes. Clifford is survived by his wife of 48 years Daphen Bastian Ranch of Moab. His 3 children son's Jeffery Ranch ( Lisa ) of Moriarty NM., Gary Ranch and a daughter Kimberly Ranch both of Moab. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Robert and Kayla Maestas of NM. Machelle Ranch, Nathaniel Duran, Noah Ranch and Emmalin Ranch all of Moab. One brother Larry Ranch (Vera) of Denver, Colorado.

Clifford is proceeded in death by his parents Augustus (Gus) Ranch and Doris Ireland Ranch and his older brother Darrell Ranch.

A viewing is to be held December 7, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Spanish Valley Mortuary. Funeral Service December 8, 2015 at 11 a.m. with the viewing one hour prior at the LDS 4th North Chapel Moab, Utah. Interment at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.

A very special thank you to the first responders that serve our Moab community and the Ranch family.


12/7/2015 - Cliff and I served on the USS Mercer in Vietnam. Rest in peace, Cliff. - Ray Simmons

12/7/2015 - I was Executive Office of USS Mercer and remember Cliff fondly and with humor. He called several years ago and we had the fun of a couple of talks. He apologized for giving me my normal Navy crew-cut just before I came home when I was growing longer hair due to leaving Mercer and Navy enroute to grad school.:-) I had forgotten until he mentioned it along with other Mercer stories. He was a fine shipmate, a good man with a positive outlook and humorous bent. He also spoke lovingly of his post-Vietnam life, especially his immediate family. And then told "exciting tales" of driving dynamite trucks all over the west. I was so glad to have reconnected. Please accept my deep sympathy and prayers. - Bob Zimmer

12/7/2015 - I served in Viet Nam with Cliff on board the USS Mercer but lost touch after we returned to the states. I always enjoyed conversations with Cliff, either in or out of his barber chair. I am sorry for his family's loss, may he rest in peace - Dick Preston

12/5/2015 - Goodbye my old friend enjoy your new life inn heaven, free of sickness, pain and troubles. It has been 49 years since I met you in San Diego. You and your wife were good friends to me and mine. We enjoyed having you over and in return visiting you all out in Chula Vista. You remained my friend throughout Vietnam and although I had lost track of you until you called me several years ago, I often thought of you. I will miss you and hope to meet up with you again in the here after. May God bless your family. - Robert Barnhill

12/5/2015 - Cliff worked for me in Vietnam aboard the the USS Mercer [APB-39], Brown Water Navy. He was also in my Damage Control Party. He was a stand-up, conscientious, squared-away sailor. Quick with smile; quick with a joke; quick with a wise crack. River Rats Forever! - David M Rains

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