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Obituary for Clarence Wendell Taylor

Clarence W. Taylor, passed away at Evergreen Estates, in Clarkston, on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. He was born Nov. 24, 1923, in Promise (Wallowa County), Ore., the fifth of 11 children born to Birt and Emma Dearing Taylor.

At age 11, the family moved to Asotin, where he got his education. He and Betty Greer were married Dec. 15, 1943, and they had three children: Jeanette Louise, Donald Eugene and Gene Greer.

After he completed service in the U.S. Army in 1946, Clarence went to work at Potlatch Corporation, retiring in 1985 from the maintenance department as a welder in the pulp and paper division. He and Betty purchased the Asotin Cafe in the mid 1950s and operated it until 1964.

Clarence and Betty enjoyed camping with family and friends at their cabin in the Blue Mountains, where they snowmobiled and rode four-wheelers and watched the wildlife.

Clarence helped in the building of the Paulter Senior Center where he served on the board of directors and as president. He was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church in Clarkston.

Surviving him are his daughter Jeanette Krause of Clarkston; son Gene (Debi) Taylor of Clarkston; sister Adaline Hendrickson of Tri Cities; daughter-in-law Linda Taylor Derby of Rainer, Ore.; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Clarence was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, of 79 years; his parents; nine brothers and sisters; his son Donald; grandson Brian Krause and son-in-law Benny Krause.

Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at a later date.