Dr. Charles Clinton Shoffner
Dr. Charles Clinton Shoffner, 93, died on Oct. 19, 2007 in Grand Junction.
He was the son of Paulinah Hagar Shoffner and William Nurman Shoffner. He was born on a homestead farm, the youngest of nine children. The family moved to Fort Collins in 1922 and he graduated from the Ft. Collins lIigh School in 1932. In 1933, after working on a ranch in Palmer Lake, Clint joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). He was first stationed at Parker, where the CCC did clean-up work along Cherry Creek, following the flood of that year. He was then stationed at the Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction, where he helped build the Rimrock Drive road. After moving to Fruita in 2002, Clint attended the 70th anniversary of the building of that road.
In 1935, Clint moved back to Fort Collins where he entered the pre-veterinary program at Colorado State University. He attended college for a year and a half until he ran out of money. In 1937, he began working as assistant pressman at the Coloradoan, the Fort Collins daily newspaper. In 1938, Clint married Ruth Alice Wallace of Pueblo. In 1941, he re¬entered the veterinary school at CSU and graduated in December of 1944 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.
After graduation, the family moved to Richland Center, Wisc., where Dr. Shoffner worked for the Viroqua Breeders Coop until July 1945.
Dr. Shoffner and his family then moved to Boulder, where he later became a partner in the Boulder Veterinary Hospital and stayed until 1955.
In 1955, Dr. Shoffner realized a long-time dream to own a ranch. He purchased a 560-acre ranch, south of Parshall in Middle Park.
During the first 15 years, he practiced from the ranch, then moved his practice to a clinic in Granby. He practiced until he retired in 1977. Following retirement, he and his wife traveled and lived in various places: Prescott, Ariz., Sequim and Port Angeles, Wash., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Lake Havasu, Ariz. and Canon City, Estes Park, Fruita and Grand Junction.
Dr. Shoffner was most proud that be had 32 good years as a veterinarian, during which time he was chosen by his peers and appointed by the Governor of Colorado to represent the Western Slope Board ofVeteririary Examiners for a period of five years. He was also proud of the fact that five of the young people who worked for him in his clinic went on to become Doctors of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Shoffner is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Alice Shoffner; his children: Janice Kay Hinshaw and her husband, Jim Hinshaw, Paul Clinton Shoffner and his wife, Edna Shoffner, Dean Alan Shoffner and his wife, Barbara Shoffner and Douglas Ted Shoffner, as well as five grandchildren: Jimmy, Jay and Lulie Hinshaw and Doug and Gary Shoffner, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Dr. Shoffner’s body will be cremated and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contdbutions may be sent to Hospice of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
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