Clifford L. Tucker

Clifford L. Tucker, 83, of Renton, Washington, died at Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Issaquah, Washington, on May 1, 2012

Thank you, Connie and Steve for allowing us to utilize the wonderful format used in your dad Henry’s obituary.  Henry Was Cliff’s brother, and he passed away in October 2011 at age 88.

Cliff was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, October 5th 1928.  He moved to Harrah, Washington and then graduated from White Swan High School in White Swan, Washington.  He then joined the U.S. Air force and served in Korea during the Korean War.  Upon returning to civilian life he attended Vancouver Technical College, graduating with a degree in electronics.  Cliff married Emma Francis Carter in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 12, 1955, they have three children. Cliff worked for the Boeing Company for thirty years as an Electronics Avionics Specialist.  During that time he and his family lived in Glyfada, Greece from 1967-1969.  In-addition, his daughter Diana was born in Athenss Greece at Mothers Hospital.  The family again moved overseas and lived in Tehran, Iran from 1977-1979.

Cliff loved to travel which he did, both in and out of the United States.  Working overseas allowed the Tucker family to travel throughout Europe as well as Israel, Egypt, Kenya, and Mombasa East Africa.   The time spent overseas was not always postcard perfect.  In Greece, multiple car bombings were witnessed and one behind the house, knocked his son Dave out of bed and across the room.  Iran was more tumultuous, with gun and tank fire rocking Tehran, Iran in the months leading up to Ayatollah Khomeini returning to Iran and taking power.  His daughter Diana and son Dave were evacuated from Iran just weeks before the rule of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was toppled.  Cliff and Fran decided to stay, hoping the crisis would end, yet, were forced to flee the country days before Khomeini returned.

Cliff enjoyed many outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, and taking pictures.  We have many boxes of pictures to prove it.  He also enjoyed hunting until he was shot at by a hunter who fortunately missed.  This abruptly ended his hunting forays.

Survivors include his eldest son Clifford Tucker Jr. and soon-to-be daughter-in-law Cheryl Dobes of Renton, Washington; son David Tucker and daughter-in-law Cindy of Snohomish, Washington; daughter Diana Brownrig of Port Ludlow, Washington; grandson Eric Tucker and wife Karen of Renton Washington; granddaughter Angela and husband Marc Randels of Seattle, Washington; granddaughters Margaret and Alysann Brownrigg, Jeannette Barrett, Tess and Elizabeth Tucker; great grandchildren, Brittany, Emma, and Malachi Randells.

Brothers Lester Tucker and wife Janet of Carmel, California, and Jerry Tucker and wife Carol of Shelton, Washington.

Cliff you were my beloved for fifty seven years, thank you.
[Fran Tucker]

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