Clinton Smith Barber, 63, a Deseret News staff writer and copy editor since May 1943, died Aug. 14, 1988, in a Bountiful hospital after an extended illness.

Mr. Barber came to the Deseret News as a proofreader and subsequently filled assignments on the state desk, sports desk, as Idaho editor, feature writer and copy editor.He was selected late last year as religion writer, but after a heart attack in March and other medical complications was not able to return to work.

Mr. Barber was a graduate of the University of Utah with a degree in journalism. During his stint as entertainment writer for the Deseret News, he participated in a six-day London tour during filming of "Alice in Wonderland."

He had interviewed many Hollywood notables, including Peter Sellers, Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart and Gene Kelly.

Mr. Barber was an avid historian and had been vice president and a board member of the Centerville Historical Society. He was a member of the Centerville Jaycees and participated in organizing civic functions, including the annual July 4 celebration in Centerville.

He was a high priest in the Centerville 1st Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed contacting members of the ward about temple work and a number of years ago helped gather information for his ward's monthly newsletter. He had held other positions in church auxiliary and priesthood organizations.

Mr. Barber was born May 22, 1925, in Centerville, a son of Horace H. and Hazel Smith Barber. He married Loraine Wiseman Sept. 25, 1953, in the Salt Lake Temple.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Pamela Kay and Shelley Ann, all of Centerville; a son, Gary, Hillsboro, Texas; two grandchildren; one brother and three sisters, Allen Barber, Bountiful; Mrs. Bryan (Ruby) Flanders and Mrs. Lawrence (Ida) Page, both Centerville; and Mrs. Dale (Maxine) Randall, who is serving a mission with her husband in the Philippines.

The funeral is pending through Russon Brothers Mortuary of Bountiful.