News: The Mill City community faced a sad moment on February 7th when they lost Donald J. Clifford, who was 68 years old. Donald, also called Don by his family and friends, was born to Darwin Clifford and Dorothy Vanderbilt Capwell in Meshoppen on July 1, 1955.
Throughout his life, Don was known for his steadfast commitment to his family, his community service, and his successful tenure at Procter and Gamble.
Don and his wife, Gayle Elizabeth Ball, enjoyed a fulfilling 45-year partnership filled with love, laughter, and shared experiences, fostering a close-knit family bond.
Don’s dedication to Procter and Gamble lasted an impressive 25 years, during which he leveraged his skills and strong work ethic to contribute to the company’s achievements. His commitment earned him the respect and friendship of his colleagues, who stood by him as his greatest supporters.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Don played a vital role in the Mill City community. He engaged in numerous community activities, serving as an honorary life member at the Lake Winola Fire Company and actively participating in the Lake Winola Methodist Church.
Don’s dedication to these organizations exemplified his commitment to positively influencing his community.
Don’s life journey was marked by profound losses, including the untimely deaths of his brothers, Roger and Edward Clifford. These tragedies created a deep void in his heart, yet he found strength and solace in the love of his family, especially his mother Dorothy Vanderbilt Capwell and his wife Gayle Elizabeth Ball.
Their unwavering support provided Don with comfort during challenging times. His legacy lives on through his daughter Megan Smith of Meshoppen and son Shawn Clifford of Dallas, who continue to honor the values of family and enduring love that he cherished.
Don also leaves behind three cherished grandsons, Aiden and James Smith, and Jackson Clifford. These young boys represent the essence of Don’s legacy and will undoubtedly carry forward the family traditions and values he held dear.
To honor and commemorate Don, a memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, February 17th at Lake Winola United Methodist Church. The service will commence with visitation from 1-3 pm, followed by the memorial ceremony at 3 pm.
As the Mill City community gathers to celebrate the life of Donald J. Clifford, it becomes evident that his impact extended far beyond his professional accomplishments. Don will be remembered for his steadfast commitment to his family, his contributions to the community, and his genuine friendships with all who knew him.
How can I show my respects to Donald J. Clifford?
A: You can pay your respects at the memorial service taking place on Saturday, February 17th at Lake Winola United Methodist Church. The visitation will be held from 1-3 pm, followed by the memorial service at 3 pm.
What community organizations was Don part of in Mill City?
A: Don held an honorary life membership at the Lake Winola Fire Company and was actively involved with the Lake Winola Methodist Church.
Who are Don’s family members who are still with us?
A: Don is survived by his wife, Gayle Elizabeth Ball, his daughter Megan Smith, his son Shawn Clifford, and his three grandsons: Aiden, James, and Jackson.