Tragically, Clifford and his beloved wife Dorothy were killed in an automobile accident, Sunday, January 4, 2009. Thoughts and prayers from all at The John Birch Society go out to their family as well as to the family of the third accident victim, in the other vehicle.
To those that knew Cliff and Dorothy, and it was rare to find someone in their community that did not know them given their successful family-run pharmacy, “Wasem’s”, they will be greatly missed.
Cliff was born in Clarkston, Washington, in 1928 and resided there his entire life. He graduated from Washington State College with a degree in pharmacy and joined his father in the family-owned pharmacy. Cliff became the pharmacy’s sole proprietor in 1965. Under his energetic leadership, the business diversified and provided a wide variety of products and services.
Cliff served as his county’s Republican chairman for 15 years and as an elected state representative during the 1960s. He also served on the city council and was active in his local community affairs his entire life. He faithfully led a JBS chapter for more than 35 years.
Always an enthusiastic promoter of the Society’s programs, Cliff was known by every customer and friend as a man who stood up for his beliefs. Consequently, many in his community have rallied around his leadership.
Cliff had expended some of his boundless energy as treasurer of the local hospital and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington State Pharmaceutical Association. He accepted appointment to the National Council of The John Birch Society in 1999. Cliff had credited his wife, Dorothy, for making his widespread activities possible.
As the CEO of The John Birch Society, Art Thompson expressed, “Cliff’s influence in politics, health matters, and helping to preserve the Constitution extended all across the nation and touched literally thousands of people. He will be missed by the many, many people who loved him and Dorothy.”
Cliff leaves behind a vacant seat and very large shoes to fill on the National Council. His tireless enthusiasm will be felt for years to come. He and Dorothy are survived by their four children.