DAVID SHERMAN CLIFTON
Services for David Sherman Clifton, 71, are set for 3 p.m Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Valley View United Methodist Church with the Reverends Cheryl Murphy, Vic Casad, and Larry Kruger presiding.
Burial will follow under the direction of George J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home of Gainesville, TX.
The family will receive friends on Friday, February 28, 2014 from 6-8 pm at the funeral home.
David Clifton died on February 26, 2014 at 4:00 am at Denton Regional Hospital Denton, TX with his family at his side.
He was born on Feb. 15, 1943 in Gainesville, TX to General Sherman and Wanda Clifton.
He graduated as the valedictorian from Valley View High School in 1961 before marrying Marcia Clifton on January 23, 1965 in Hood, TX. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in 1965, he earned a distinguished student award in Electrical Engineering and graduated with honors. David served in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets all four years, holding various high-ranking positions. He originally earned an athletic scholarship to Texas A&M, but opted to focus his time and energy on his academics. He was awarded a Merit Scholarship that he used to earn his Masters in Nuclear Engineering in 1966 from the University of Michigan.
David worked for General Dynamics, Compass, PxQ (owner), Lloyd’s Rental (owner), Litton, and EDS. For the past 17 years David worked for Alan Ritchey Inc. as the Chief Information Officer, from which he later retired. David was a faithful Christian and was very active in the Valley View United Methodist Church serving on numerous committees and in the choir. David and Marcia took great pleasure in operating their cattle ranch together in Valley View, TX.
David was preceded in death by his wife Marcia (Feb. 5, 2013) and his parents.
He is survived by two children, David Ashley Clifton (wife Elizabeth and granddaughters, Payton and Madeleine) of Valley View and Dabney Ann (Clifton) Swaidner (husband Scott Swaidner) of Gainesville.
Pallbearers will be Billy Vann, Mike Mason, Jack Thayer, Jerry Flowers, Worth Gragg, Mark Davidson, Bob Anderson, John Bruce, Scott Swaidner, Don Hobbs, *Don Lightsey and *Don Ekvall.
* Honorary Pallbearers
Memorial gifts can be made in his name to the Valley View United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.