Clyde Rose was born in the small farming community of Rice on March 20, 1923. He passed away in the home he built on Jan. 19, 2014, in Olympia.
Preceding him in death were all his siblings, his daughter, Mary, and loving wife, Elizabeth.
He is survived by his son, Thomas Rose; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Clyde was raised along with eight brothers and one sister working the family farm where he gained his love of family, animals, farming, and hard work. Clyde served in the U.S. Army between 1942-1945, and worked his way through Portland State University, earning his bachelors degree and CPA license. Clyde served 15 faithful years with the state of Washington as the Assistant Director of the Department of Revenue. He retired in 1979.
Throughout his lifetime, Clyde served on the Thurston County Fair Board, volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America, worked on several tax advisory committees, and logged his own land (building his home with the timber).
He loved family and often entertained in his home and attended annual family reunions. The light of his life after his wife was his three grandchildren. He took the grandchildren on annual RV trips where many happy memories were made. Another great joy came from the time he spent with the Good Sam’s RV Club. He traveled across the great nation of America with his wife, Elizabeth, visiting friends made throughout the years.
Another time he enjoyed greatly was the winters in Yuma, Arizona. There, he could keep his aging bones warm, tell stories, visit with friends and family, all while escaping the winters of the Northwest. Clyde loved carpentry and was always tinkering in his shop or building something.