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Philip Cluff

Philip Cloard Cluff was born May 4, 1941 to Cloard and Elsie (McBride) Cluff in Bisbee, Arizona. He entered into eternal life April 5, 2020, in Pima, at the age of 78. Philip was the oldest of five children. After graduating from Pima High School in 1959, he served a 2 ½ year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in northern Mexico. Following his missionary service, he met Betty Jane Olsen while attending Eastern Arizona Junior College. They were married in the Mesa Arizona Temple on March 27, 1964. Philip graduated from the University of Arizona in 1967 and began a career with the USDA Forest Service as a civil engineer. He continued in that capacity for the next 28 years. Philip and Betty had four children, each born in a different state as they moved from forest to forest. Upon retirement, they served a mission together in Spain. For the final 15 years of his life, Philip served as a temple worker, first in the Mesa Arizona Temple and later in the Gila Valley Temple. Philip was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of his life, serving in many leadership positions. His hobbies included ranching, gardening, and all things outdoors. Passionate about the Boy Scouts of America, he was a scout and scouter for 66 years. Local Cub Scout units recognized him as the “Chief” in the Arrow of Light ceremonies. Philip has been a positive influence in the lives of thousands. The lessons he taught will be remembered and cherished by all who knew him. Philip is survived by: his wife, Betty; children, Melinda Reidhead (Delbert), Lorene Shiflet (Ron), Michael Cluff (Karen), and Richard Cluff (Stacie); nineteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; his siblings, Ruth, Archie, and Judy. Philip was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Cal; and four grandchildren. Due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he will be memorialized at a graveside service for his immediate family only.

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Phil always greeted me at the temple by saying, "How are you Sister Cluff?" And I would answer him by saying, "I am fine Brother Cluff." It was our fun way of greeting each other. I will miss that. He was a man of service. He always had a smile on his face, and enjoyed people. David remembers one night at the temple their jackets got mixed up when they hung them up in the break room, and they had a good laugh as they tried to find each other before going home for the night. Our love goes out to Betty and their children at this difficult time. Love, David and Christi Cluff

Christi Cluff Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

Phil always greeted me at the temple by saying, "How are you Sister Cluff?" And I would answer him by saying, "I am fine Brother Cluff." It was our fun way of greeting each other. I will miss that. He was a man of service. He always had a smile on his face, and enjoyed people. David remembers one night at the temple their jackets got mixed up when they hung them up in the break room, and they had a good laugh as they tried to find each other before going home for the night. Our love goes out to Betty and their children at this difficult time. Love, David and Christi Cluff

Christi Cluff Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

I was certainly surprised to see the notice in the Courier! It wasn't that long ago that Phil, Mark Madsen, and I were doing scout committee work together. It was a joy getting to know him while we sat waiting at the bank to get the Troop 5055 account set up. It was fun learning that he and I both served missions to northern Mexico. His kindness and smiles offered to me and friendly conversation will always be remembered. It seems like he became a long time friend to me overnight even though we had know each other just for a few months. A true scouting friend may be gone to do a little scouting on the other side of the veil. So sorry for your loss. Kerry Wilson

Kerry D Wilson Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

I was certainly surprised to see the notice in the Courier! It wasn't that long ago that Phil, Mark Madsen, and I were doing scout committee work together. It was a joy getting to know him while we sat waiting at the bank to get the Troop 5055 account set up. It was fun learning that he and I both served missions to northern Mexico. His kindness and smiles offered to me and friendly conversation will always be remembered. It seems like he became a long time friend to me overnight even though we had know each other just for a few months. A true scouting friend may be gone to do a little scouting on the other side of the veil. So sorry for your loss. Kerry Wilson

Kerry D Wilson Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

What a shock it was to see the notice in the paper. Through serving with Phil in the temple these eight years or so, I have come to love him like a brother. Always contributing, always with a positive attitude and a smile and a light-hearted, (but never light-minded) word, Phil was an integral part of the experience of serving in the temple. At the end of the third shift Wednesday, March 11, we changed back into street clothes and joked about when we would see each other again. I extend my condolences and my prayers for comfort in your loss.

Jerrold R Shouse Apr 13 2020 12:00 AM

What a shock it was to see the notice in the paper. Through serving with Phil in the temple these eight years or so, I have come to love him like a brother. Always contributing, always with a positive attitude and a smile and a light-hearted, (but never light-minded) word, Phil was an integral part of the experience of serving in the temple. At the end of the third shift Wednesday, March 11, we changed back into street clothes and joked about when we would see each other again. I extend my condolences and my prayers for comfort in your loss.

Jerrold R Shouse Apr 13 2020 12:00 AM

Betty and family, I will miss seeing Bro Cluff at the temple each Saturday evening! He was a joy to serve with. I have always loved all of his family, having worked with many of his grandchildren. You did good in raising your children! Howard and I send our respects! Pam and Howard Jones

Pam Jones Apr 11 2020 12:00 AM

Betty and family, I will miss seeing Bro Cluff at the temple each Saturday evening! He was a joy to serve with. I have always loved all of his family, having worked with many of his grandchildren. You did good in raising your children! Howard and I send our respects! Pam and Howard Jones

Pam Jones Apr 11 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Philip Cluff

Sara Sathyamoorthy Apr 8 2020 12:00 AM

We send our deepest Sympathy to Clara's classmate, Philip's family. We were so sad to hear of Philip's passing. We know that the Lord needed his service, so generously rendered here on the earth, on the other side of the veil. So many of Clara's classmates are on the other side of the veil now and are welcoming Philip home. Again, our condolences to the family of Philip. Ivan & Clara Dover Ferrin

Clara Ferrin Apr 8 2020 12:00 AM

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