William Allen “Little Bill” Clifton Jr.

Aug. 10, 1939 – Nov. 10, 2015

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service for William Allen Clifton, Jr., is pending. Bill, 76, died Nov. 10 in Hilo, Hawaii, from complications of pneumonia.

Bill was born Aug. 10, 1939, in Greeley, Colo., the son of William Allen and Claudia L. Rickert Clifton. When he was a small child, the family lived on a farm at Shell, an area that was always near and dear to his heart. They moved to Greybull where Bill received his education; he graduated with the Class of 1958. While he was in high school, and later, he worked at Collingwood Motors, for Avery Aviation, Wyoming Bentonite, and then Hawkins & Powers Aviation before he moved to Casper where he worked for Wyoming Oil & Tool Co.

Bill married Karen Foster; the couple had a daughter, Joy E. Clifton. They later divorced and he married Earline Caldwell; they had two daughters, Kimmie and Vicki; they later divorced.

While living in Wyoming, Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved being outdoors; he spent hours working with his dad in Bill’s Gun Shop.

Bill moved to Paxson, Alaska, in the mid 1970s where he worked for the state highway department.

He later moved to Hawaii where he owned and operated Bill’s Scuba Shack for several years.

Bill moved back to Montana, but decided he liked shorts better than a heavy coat and moved back to Hawaii.

He is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Joy E. Clifton, Burt and Kimmie S. Viers and Marco and Vicki L. Larreynaga; five grandchildren, one great-grandson, and his partner and best friend, Joanne Bousquet-Dodson.

His ashes were scattered over the Hawaiian waters.