Clifton Lakin Bloom: 1913-2012
February 14, 2012
Clifton Lakin Bloom
Clifton Lakin Bloom passed away on Jan. 2, 2012. “Clif” was born in Limon, Colo., the third of four children to William H. Bloom and Mildred A. Bloom. William was the town barber and Mildred was a housewife. When Clif was around 10 years old the family moved to Kremmling, Colo. where William became the postmaster and barber. Clif was 15 or so when his dad bought the Red and White grocery store in Hot Sulphur Springs, and he, along with his brothers Chuck and Mac helped their dad in the store. William died in 1929 and it was left to Chuck and Clif to run the store themselves. They ran it successfully until the late 1930s when their Mom died in 1938. Shortly thereafter they sold the store and went about their separate ways.
Clif met a local Hot Sulphur Springs girl named Dorothea (Dotti) Woolums and they eloped and were married on Jan. 17, 1941. They moved to Texas and Oklahoma for a while, where Clif went through a rigorous flight training program and came out a civilian flight instructor for pilots for the Army Air Corp. In the latter part of 1942 Clif was hired by United Airlines where he retired in 1974 as a senior captain on the Boeing 727 after 32 years of service.
Not wanting to retire, Captain Bloom worked many jobs in the airline industry. For two years he flew in the summer months for Sterling Airways in Copenhagen, Denmark. He instructed flight engineers for United and an independent company, at the same time. He also worked briefly for NASA in various capacities.
Finally in the late 80s, Clif decided to concentrate on one of his favorite hobbies – Golf. A highlight in his golf game would have to be the 2 holes in one that he had, both on the 7th hole at Aurora Hills. His other hobbies included skiing, baseball, basketball, fishing, skating, water skiing, hunting, and hockey, all of which he worked very hard to be the best. He was good friends with Barney McLean and they both helped build the ski jump in Hot Sulphur Springs many years ago. If they wanted to play hockey, they would put up some barriers and flood the town park. To watch him ski or skate was just like watching the pros – he was so smooth. It seemed like he always came back with the biggest fish and never bragged a bit about it. He was quite a guy. One of his favorite sayings: “When you stand over the ball, have no fear in your ability to hit it or where the ball will go. Rejoice in the fact that you can still play the game”.
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We will all miss him and know that he is now flying with the angels.
He is survived by two sons, Gary (wife, Christina), Bill, and two grandsons, Eric and Zach.