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Clarence Lavan 'Tiny' Moddison

Clarence Lavan Moddison, 80, died on April 29, 2006, at his home in Meadow Lakes of a cardiac arrest. A service is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2006, at Salvation Army Mat-Su Corps, 209 W. Evergreen in Palmer. Major Dan Hughes will officiate at the service.

He was born on Jan. 4, 1926, in Sacramento, Calif. He graduated from high school and then went into the United States Army at Fort Richardson.

In 1947, he moved to Alaska. He lived in Attu and Adak in the late 1940s, and then moved to Anchorage in 1988. He was employed by Civil Aviation Administration and Federal Aviation Administration from 1950 to 1965. He also was an electrical lineman, and a civil service engineer.

He was very active in life until he was promoted to glory. He was part of the Salvation Army Church in Palmer. He was a member of the Republican National Committee, was a 10-gallon blood donor at American Association of Blood Banks in Meadow Lakes, and a member of the community council. He was a private pilot, owned his own plane, camped, hunted, dug for clams, and enjoyed the outdoors and teaching his oldest granddaughter to fly.

His family stated, "Tiny loved God, his family and the outdoors. He grew up in Sacramento working on the family peach orchard and at the family gas station. Tiny was a very giving man, who always went the extra mile to do whatever was necessary to get the job done. He was lighthearted and jovial, loved to joke and put a smile on everyone's face. His family will always remember him as Bumps. A close friend crash landed on an Alaska mountain top, and didn't feel comfortable asking to use Tiny's plane. But Tiny loaned his friend the plane and it took over a month to get parts, fix and fly the other plane out. Tiny's motto was, ‘smile and the world smiles with you, kick and you kick alone.' He loved to go camping and really enjoyed taking his daughter Tanna clam digging. He enjoyed driving down side roads and exploring just to see where the road went. He was a practical problem solver; he would keep at the problem until the job was satisfactorily completed. Tiny loved to share experiences and stories of his past. He will be remembered as a man of God who loved his family and had many friends. The memories will bring a smile and often times laughter to all of us who knew him. He will be walking the streets of heaven waiting for his Christian family members and friends to join him some day.”

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Velma Moddison of Meadow Lakes; daughter, Tann Moddison of Roy, Wash.; granddaughters, Kayla and Crystal Moddison of Roy and Meadow Lakes; sister, Marcella "Peggy” Jacks of Anchorage; half-brothers Wayne and Jim and wife Eleanor Moddison of Washington; half-sisters; JoAnne and husband Al Von Thun of Reno, Nev., Susan Winston of Sacramento, and Linda Martin of Sonoma, Calif.; stepchildren, Carolyn and husband Mel Grafton of Carman, Ill., Ila and husband Barry Farley of Rock Falls, Ill., and Dale and wife Debbie Oldham of Wilburton, Okla.; grandchildren, Troy Frank, Brent Frank, Rodger Johnson, Sharon Johnson, Marla Oldham and Heather Oldham; nieces, Karron "Pixie” and husband Dave Weise of Sutton, and Kathryn Lytle of Anchorage; nephew, Glenn "Bim” Jacks of Anchorage; and numerous great-nieces and nephews in Alaska and Idaho; lifelong friends, Mike and Ann Stanelle of Houston, Paul Sutherland of Dillingham, and Bob and Becky Miers of San Dimas, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Cline Moddison; mother, Wilma Irene Preston; and sister, Henryetta Mary Clarice McCrady.

Donations may be made to The Salvation Army Mat-Su Corps, P.O. Box 1106, Palmer 99645. The family also would appreciate flowers at the service. Mr. Moddison will be cremated and his remains will be spread at the family home on Beverly Lake on June 18.

Arrangements were with Valley Funeral Home and Crematory.

Source: Frontiersman, 5 May 2006



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