Obituary: Russell Owlen Clanton

Obituary: Russell Owlen Clanton

Obituary: Russell Owlen Clanton

Russell Owlen Clanton, 75, died at his Yuma AZ home October 21. He will be buried in the family plot in Lone Mountain Cemetery, Lovelock.

A retired Southern Pacific-Union Pacific Railroad signalman, he lived in Lovelock or Winnemucca for 26 years

Born in Missoula. Montana to Vera and Wesley Clanton Sr., September 20, 1946, he graduated from Palmdale High School and attended Bakersfield Community College.

In 1965 he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve where he served for six years  including a year’s active duty in Vietnam where he was exposed to Agent Orange.

‘Russ’, as he was known locally, began his railroad career in 1968 in California and transferred to the Nevada-Utah division in 1976. He worked as a signal maintainer and in construction.

He was a Brotherhood of Railroad Signalman union member for 40 years and was local chairman in Local 170 and financial secretary. and board of trustees member in Local 179.

In August 1968 he married Vicki Griff whom he divorced later. He married Carol Ann Marshall in 1996.

Russ played and coached co-ed softball for the Crazy Corners team in Lovelock. 

Also he enjoyed hiking, camping, gardening.and drawing. 

He drew several editorial cartoons for the Review-Miner. He also designed Birthday and Christmas cards for family and friends.

Interested in community service, he represented the railroad on the “Save the Depot” committee.  

He videoed the Soroptimist International of Lovelock and Nevada Women’s History project members film: “Women in Lovelock”, 

Two weeks before his death, a Yuma hospice group and a local Marine presented him with a pin and certificate recognizing his fight against ALS.

Surviving are his wife, Carol of Yuma, two daughters, Llona (Greg) White of Ashland OR and Angela (James) Bonnet of San Tan, AZ and six grandchildren.

Yuma Mortuary was in charge of cremation.