When death came to Clifton "Clif" Newell Memmott on Thursday, December 6, 1990 in Salt Lake City, Utah, a full and complete life of service in various fields came to an end for the 87-year-old native Utahn.
He was born September 20, 1903 in Scipio, Utah to Charles Albert and Arilla Wasden Memmott. He married Marjorie "Midge" Myers in Price, Utah on May 22, 1934; later solemnized October 17, 1947 in the Manti LDS Temple. Clif attended Snow Normal High School and Snow Junior College and received a teaching degree from the University of Utah with a major in physical education. He also attended Utah State University and did extension work at Brigham Young University.He served in the education field in Carbon County as a teacher, coach, and principal, and was a member of the Carbon County School Board of Education until 1937, when he resigned from education to enter the weekly newspaper profession. He became managing editor of the Helper Journal in 1937 and continued as co-publisher until June 1950. He then purchased the Uintah Basin Record and the Roosevelt Standard in Duchesne County, later combining the two newspapers into the Uintah Basin Standard, continuing as editor/publisher until June 1, 1965. At that time he sold his newspaper business and moved to Salt Lake City to accept the position of Chief of the Administrative Division, Utah Department of Highways. During his newspaper career he held every office including president, in the Utah State Press Association. His newspaper received many State awards over the years.
In 1960 he was elected to the Utah House of Representatives from Duchesne County serving three terms, and was elected majority leader from 1965-66. He retired from state employment in 1972.
He held many positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints in Helper, Roosevelt, and Salt Lake City. He was a Temple worker and for nine years a member of the VIP Church Hosting Committee.
An ardent civic worker, he joined Kiwanis International in 1934, and served as president of the Helper and Roosevelt clubs and lieutenant-governor of two districts. Prior to his death he was an active member of the Salt Lake Kiwanis Club, receiving the Kiwanian of the Year award, the Legion of Honor certificate for 55- years membership, and a citation for 53 years of perfect attendance. He is also a past Chamber of Commerce president in Roosevelt and member of the Salt Lake Chamber. For 25 years he was a trustee and charter member of the Utah Foundation.
Clif was an avid football, basketball and baseball fan, and also an active member of the BYU Cougar Club, traveling to Hawaii, Japan, and in the States with the Y teams.
Survived by his wife; a son Kent and daughter-in-law Charlene; five grandchildren, Chad, Monica, Todd, Austin, and Kevin Memmott; one sister, Mabel Devine of Winnemucca, Nevada; also several nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by a daughter Carol Lee; three sisters, Alberta Crosland, Ivy Jouflas, and Lenna Desmond.
Funeral services on Monday, December 10th, at 11 a.m., Capitol Hill Ward Chapel, 413 West Capitol Street. Friends may call at the Larkin Mortuary on Sunday evening 6-8 p.m., and at the Ward, 9:45-10:45 a.m. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to either the American Heart Association, 645 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84102; or Primary Childrens Medical Center, 100 North Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84113.
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