Clifton N. "Cliff" Memmott, Salt Lake City, a former Utah legislator and newspaper publisher, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 1990, in a Salt Lake City convalescent home after a long illness. He was 87.

Mr. Memmott, a Democrat and former Roosevelt resident, represented Duchesne County in the Utah Legislature through three two-year terms, from 1961 to 1965, and served as House majority leader.Born in Scipio, Millard County, Mr. Memmott graduated from Snow College in Ephraim and earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Utah in 1930. He was a coach, teacher and principal at Helper Junior High and was Helper city treasurer, a member of the Carbon County School Board and a member of the Duchesne County Democratic Central Committee.

He and his wife, Marjorie "Midge" Myers Memmott, published the Helper Journal, a weekly newspaper, for 13 years between 1937 and 1950 and then bought the Duchesne Record and the Roosevelt Standard and combined the two into the Uintah Basin Standard, another weekly which they published for 15 years, from 1950 until 1965.

Mr. Memmott left the newspaper business in 1965 to become administrative division chief of the Utah Department of Transportation and retired from that post in 1972. He and his wife had lived in Salt Lake City since 1965.

A charter member of the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Memmott was a member of the Kiwanis Club for 55 years and was lieutenant governor of two of that organization's districts in Utah. He and his wife had two children and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Capitol Hill 1st Ward Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 413 W. Capitol St. Burial will be in Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

Viewing will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, and one hour before funeral services Monday at the ward chapel.