WV Pioneer Passes
From the Nevada Appeal:
Norman E. Cliff, 85, passed away on Dec. 28, 2008 at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. He was born in Washoe Valley on August 17, 1923, at the Cliff Ranch, which his grandfather, Samuel Cliff, purchased in 1873. He was the son of Alvin Cliff, who also was born on the ranch, and Alice Slingerland Cliff, of Carson City.
Norman attended the one-room school at Franktown for his first 8 grades and graduated from Reno High School. Ranching with his brother, Donald was his life-long occupation.
In the early days in Washoe Valley, fighting fires was done by the ranchers and other volunteers. Norman was Chief of the Washoe Valley Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years, and served as the Governor’s appointee to the Nevada State Board of Forestry.
He is survived by his brother Donald; sister Joyce; niece Barbara Jean and her son Shane; and his Ranch Manager, Shirley McDermott.
Interment will be in the family plot at Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City. At his request, there will be no services. Donations may be made in his memory to: Range Conservation Foundation, attn: Ed Depaoli, Box 1595, Carson City Nevada, 89702.