Clifford Lee Carpenter (1935-2019)
Clifford Lee Carpenter passed away on Saturday October 26, 2019 surrounded by family, after struggling with COPD and other health related issues for a few years.
He was born on April 3, 1935 to Clifford and Alice Carpenter in Yuma, CO. He had three sisters and one brother. Lee graduated from Yuma HS in 1952 and from UNC in Greeley earning his Bachelor’s Degree.
Lee married Vernetta (Vernie) Craig in 1954 and had 2 children, Cerisse Dawn and Gary Lee.
Lee taught Industrial Arts in School in Stratton CO right after college in 1958 he moved his family to Denver where he worked at Martin Co. for a few years until 1965 when he took a job with IBM and they then moved to Longmont retiring in December 1991.
Sadly, Vernie passed away unexpectedly in 1973. Lee married Jan (Consbruck) Busby on June 8, 1974 adding Becky and Brad Busby to the family.
His joys were his family, fishing, golf and hunting. From the age of 4 Lee was always trying to fix things or find out how things worked, this passion continued throughout his life. Lee and Jan enjoyed camping in their RV taking a 72 day trip to Alaska in 1994, they spent several winters in Arizona. They were active members of the RD Drifters RV club, enjoyed bowling, traveling, and spending time with friends socializing and playing games.
Lee was loved deeply by his wife and family. He was predeceased by his two older sisters, Catherine Conrey and Marilyn Baker, grandson Brian Scott Cummings and stepson Brad Busby. He is survived by his loving wife Jan, children Cerisse Carpenter, Gary (Michelle) Carpenter and Becky Roos all of Longmont. His four grandchildren Travis (Janet) Cummings, Tyra (Josh) Pritt, Breann (Andre) Cech, Lacey (Chad) Godsell; four Great Grandchildren Gavin Cummings, Wyatt & Marshall Pritt, and Mason Godsell; his brother Lyle of Oklahoma City, sister Cheryl Newbanks Yuma, CO along with many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has been held with services on Monday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church, 350 11th Ave, Longmont. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Lee’s Memory to the COPD Foundation or St. Jude’s Hospital for Children.