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Harry "Clifford" West


March 27, 2019

Harry "Clifford" West, age 68, of Goldendale passed away on Feb. 11, 2019, from complications from his lung transplant that he received in 2013 after being diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2012. He, along with his twin brother, Larry, was born June 24, 1950, in Williamson, West Virginia to Lacey and Mable West. They were the youngest to join two other siblings. Clifford served in the U.S. Marine Corps, before taking on various jobs during his life and eventually becoming a truck driver. He drove over the road before going to work for the local garbage company, where he spent 23 years driving garbage trucks, mostly in the west end of Klickitat County.

In his earlier years, he spent most of his free time with his wife riding horses. Later he enjoyed riding them in the mountains just him and his dog. He also loved to build stuff such as rock gardens and doing projects on his small farm. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his best friend and wife, Patty. They were married for 30 years. Later as his disease progressed, he found the enjoyment of rockhounding with Patty and his granddaughter Kennedy and going along with them to horseshows to cheer them on! Anyone who knew him knows he was your biggest critic and your number one supporter; there weren't many thoughts he held inside.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lacey and Mable West, and his sister, Nioki. He is survived by Wife, Patty West, Sons, Clay West and wife Karrie, Chris West and wife Nikki, and Ryan Lenoir, all of Goldendale; daughters Elizabeth Inrocci and husband Adam of Puyallup, Washington, and Lacey Vaughn and husband Kurtis of Goldendale. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Jay, Shannon, Felicia, Kaylee, Anastasia, Isaiah, Maddison, Brooklyn, Savannah, Kennedy; and three great grandchildren, along with his brother Larry West and sister Loretta Phipps, and his mother in law Alice Lenior, who was also a great friend!

A celebration of life will be held April 6 at 3 p.m. at the Grange in Goldendale. This will be a non-formal potluck gathering; the family is asking that you write down any memories or fun stories to add to the "Memory Box" that the family can read at another time.


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