Nov. 28, 1925 – Oct. 7, 2013
Clarence Martin Townsend died peacefully with his family by his side on Oct. 7, 2013. He left behind his wife Irene of 62 years, one brother and one sister, nine children, 53 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren.
He was born Nov. 28, 1925, in a log cabin in Lovell, where he spent his youth. After graduating from high school, he spent two years with the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater, and then fulfilled an honorable mission for the LDS Church in Argentina from 1947-50. He met his eternal companion Irene in Argentina and following his mission began a courtship, leading to their marriage in the Salt Lake Temple in 1951. He then began a 25-year career with the U.S. Border Patrol, which led his growing family from Wyoming to North Dakota and eventually to El Paso, Texas, where his children spent their formative years. As a pilot for the Border Patrol, he was in the air each morning by dawn and logged more than 24,000 flight hours. After retirement, the family lived in Lovell and then in Provo, Wallsburg and Spanish Fork, Utah.
Clarence loved the outdoors, especially the Big Horn Mountains in his beloved northern Wyoming, where he enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. Each summer, during trips not to be forgotten, he brought his family back to Wyoming to spend time with his parents and siblings. He was active in the LDS Church and served faithfully in many callings, blessing the lives of many, especially the youth of the church. He showed love and concern for his family, who were his pride and joy.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Irene; 9 children, Clarene (Marlan) Hansen, Martin (Denise) Townsend, Susan (Jon) Anderson, Judy (Bruce) Olson, Debbie (Bob) Crockett, Scot (Carolyn) Townsend, Kristy (Jeff) Taylor, Jeanne (Matt) Singerman and Tamara (James) Faucette; 53 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren and growing; brother Tim and sister Connie. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Marlin, Lyle and Nate and sisters Sharon and Verna Jean.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. in the Wallsburg Ward Chapel, 494 West Main Canyon Road, Wallsburg, Utah, after viewings Friday night and Saturday before the service. Interment was in the Wallsburg Cemetery.