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Clarence Ellsworth Surber

Clarence Surber passed away December 1, 2015, in Central Point, Ore. surrounded by loving family. He was born July 22, 1926, in Troutdale, Ore.

Clarence, known to family as "Rocky," grew up in Jacksonville and remained in the Rogue Valley most of his life. At the age of 17, Clarence joined the United States Navy and later, the newly formed United States Air Force. He fought in both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II and later served in the Korean War.

After his service to America and its allies, Clarence moved back to the Rogue Valley and worked in the timber industry until his retirement. He and his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Decker Surber became “gentlemen ranchers” in the Dark Hollow area. Clarence and Betty spent their time with family, friends and their beloved animals. Both enjoyed collecting everything from antiques and dolls to coins, and fine art.

Clarence was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth “Betty." He is survived by beloved aunt, Ruth Lawrence; niece, Gwen Wade; nephew, Dennis Byron; great-nieces, Karrin Underwood and Diana Bicknell; countless friends and family; and many whose lives he touched.

Clarence will also be missed by his friends and neighbors, Bill and Grace Pitari and family; his great friend, Bob Austin; and his wonderful caregiver, Karen Brown.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Cassandra, manager of Twin Creeks Retirement, for making Clarence feel at home.

A funeral Mass service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday December 5, 2015, at the Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church, 600 Beebe Rd., Central Point, OR.  Father Victor Perez, Vicar, will officiate.  

In lieu of flowers, Clarence would be pleased if you remembered him with a contribution in his name to the Southern Oregon Humane Society in Medford:  541-779-3215.

Clarence Ellsworth Surber