Obituary: Clifford Mac Cox: 1937 – 2017
Clifford Mac Cox, a resident of Grand Lake, Co. from 1972 to 1978, passed away on Feb. 3, 2017, in Discovery Bay, California. Mac was born on May 4, 1937, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. After Dec. 7, 1941, his father moved them all to Texas. Mac attended Monahans High School through his junior year, then moving again to Durango, Colorado. Mac graduated high school there and headed to Arlington State College, where he studied business and baking and played the tuba for the college. He met and married Lynn McNab in 1958. In May 28, 1969, they had their first child Catherin. Shortly after graduating Mac started working for Continental Baking Comp., which owned Wonder Bread and Hostess Cakes. Mac was offered a job as production manager for Loves Bakery located on the Island of Oahu. Moving to Oahu in the summer of 1963 he had a new job, bought his first house for $10,000 and had his second child, Kevin, that December. While in Oahu he was an avid Scuba diver, home builder and deeply involved with the Local Elks Club 616, where over the next 8 years he became Exalted Ruler.
In April of 1972, the family moved to Grand Lake to purchase a marina known as Grand Lake Marina Services Inc. Back in Oahu he had a boat, so why not buy a marina in the mountains? Mac started the first of many snow-machine dealerships in Grand Lake, Chaparral, Mercury, and Artic Cat. Mac was involved with: Grand Lake Fire Department, was one of the founders of The Grand Lake Trail Blazers, President of Grand Lake Chamber and a reserve officer for the Grand County Sheriff’s Department. The stress of Grand Lake put a strain on his heart and after a heart attack Mac divorced in 1978.
Mac moved back to Oahu and over the next 5 years Mac had a second daughter Malia with his second wife Patty Jo Scott. Mac started a new life with Hertz Rental Cars in Oahu, but once again was divorced. Mac then moved to Lake Tahoe, California. Again Mac found himself involved with boats and in 1983 became Commodore of The South Lake Tahoe Yacht Club and to this day remains a member of the (Blue Gavel). In 1985 Mac moved to Napa Valley, where he continued to work for Prudential. When it came to business Mac’s soul never rested. He decided to stop working for Prudential and buy a Boat Sales office in Discovery Bay, California. He moved into his 48-foot Chris Craft and remained there until his physical restrictions would not allow it. Mac moved into another home in Discovery Bay and was able to continue his boat business from there. Mac sold his business and was having some major health problems the last year of his life but he died surrounded by friends.
Mac was proceeded in death by his parents, Ester McClain and Marge Albert Cox, and his older brother Everett Cox. He is survived by his children Catherin Tarr and Kevin Cox, his grandchildren Thomas and Crawford Campbell, Allaura and Christopher Cox, his niece Pat Diane McCorkle. Please send donations in his name to Children’s Hospital Colorado at 720-777-1700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. and http://www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org
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