The family of Cliff Williams invites his family and friends to attend an open house in honor of his 80th birthday. It will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Mendon Stake Center Relief Society room from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The stake center is located at 460 S. 100 East in Mendon. Cliff requests no gifts please.
Clifton Newman Williams was born at home in Bothwell, Utah on Sept. 12, 1938 to Charles Lavon Williams and Hattie Leona Newman Williams. He was the eleventh of eleven children. His siblings are: Mary, Verda, Alta, Norman, Williams (passed away in infancy), Gilbert, Leslie, Floyd Williams (passed away). Also Melba Mills and Florence Hall passed away. Cliff has one living sibling, Hugh Williams of Bountiful, Utah.
In early spring of 1941, the family moved back to Wellsville, Utah where the family roots went back to 1859. Cliff great up in the house at 291 East Main in Wellsville.
He attended the Wellsville schools and graduated from South Cache High School. He took a few classes at Utah State University.
He joined the Army Specialty Agency as soon as he turned 18. In the Army, he attended several schools and was stations in many different states and countries including Korea and fiver years in Vietnam. While in Vietnam, Cliff was married in a civil ceremony, but was evacuated because of communist advance. Cliff was never able to find her again. He took care of sever Vietnam foster children when he lived in Salt Lake. He could speak the language. Cliff also obtained a foster care license from the state and raised several children for the state.
After his first three years of enlistment, he took a break from the Army because he wanted to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in California and had much success.
While he was in the Army, he claimed his mother as a dependent so she receive a check from the Army every month since her husband has passed away in 1948 when Cliff was nine years old. After his mission, he returned to the Army for a total of 14 years. His last duty station was Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City.
Cliff retired from Wells Fargo Bank after 16 years. He then moved to a rural spot in Wyoming called Mountain Home.
He moved to Logan in 2008 to do genealogy. Cliff moved to Mendon four years ago. The family wishes to express thanks to the Mendon Second Ward for their kindness and concern for Cliff. We love you, Uncle Cliff!