Our beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend went to his heavenly home on Sunday, April 1st, 2018. Nolan Grant Cluff was born April 16, 1929 in Colonia Pacheco, Mexico, in what was known as the Mormon Colonies. He was the third child of Nelson Omer and Lora Johnson Cluff. His early days were simple. Their food consisted of things the family raised in their garden and on their ranch and their standard clothing was bib overalls. Nolan enjoyed the companionship of his two older brothers Kenneth and Roger. When Nolan turned 4 the family was joined by twins, Margaret and Marvin. Later another daughter, Wanda, joined the family.
When Nolan was seven the family moved to Globe, AZ. Until that time he had never seen a train, large buildings, electric lights, and lots of cars and trucks. The following year the family moved to Superior, AZ and in time the family relocated to Bloomfield, NM. Nolan attended Aztec High and it was here where Nolan met and fell in love with Virginia Lewis. They were married in the Salt Lake City LDS temple on August 16th, 1950. Together they raised nine children in Bloomfield. Nolan said later of his family, I came to realize that without my family I wasn't anything. They were married for 56 years before Virginia passed away on August 12, 2006. While in Bloomfield Nolan worked for the Southern Union Gas Co. and the Gas Co. of New Mexico for 41 years; before retiring in April, 1991. He enjoyed gardening and loved to share produce with neighbors and friends. Nolan was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He held numerous positions in the Church throughout his life, eventually being called as the Bloomfield Stake Patriarch which he described as the crowning calling of my life. He and Virginia went on two LDS missions, the first to Lansing, Michigan in 1995 and to the Las Vegas, Nevada Mission in 1999.
In 2008 Nolan married Lisa Mallery, who was his companion for the last 10 years of his life. They moved to Surprise, AZ in 2013, where Nolan grew to love Lisa's family as well.
Nolan was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson Omer and Lora Cluff, a brother, Kenneth, a daughter Karen, and his beloved wife Virginia. He is survived by 2 brothers, Roger and Marvin Cluff; 2 sisters Margaret Murray and Wanda Frandsen; his second wife, Lisa Mallery; his children Robert (Barbara) Cluff; Jeanne (Garth) Reece; Ronald (Sharron) Cluff; Marleen (Dennis) Dugger; Howard (Sylvia) Cluff; Christine (Jeff) Webber; Cheryl (Jeff) Whittle; and Connie (Bryan) Adams; stepdaughter Mary (Elvis) Duncan and 40 grandchildren and 58 great-grand children.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 9, at the Bloomfield LDS Stake Center, with Bishop Lamar Farnsworth conducting. Interment will follow at the East Hammond Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Arrangements are with Brewer, Lee, and Larkin Funeral Home and Crematory, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, NM, (505) 325-8688 or brewerleelarkin.com.