South Whidbey lost a Hometown Hero on April 3, 2015.
Clancy Overturf, the youngest of five children, was born April 1926 in Spokane, Wash., to Guy and Julia (Hartman) Overturf. Clancy was a beloved and devoted husband of 68 years to his wife, Mary Lou. Together they had three children, Scot Overturf of Redmond, Christie Hagglund of Marysville and Janet Wartinger of Seattle.
Clancy graduated from Walla Walla High School, enlisted in the military in 1944 and married his bride, Mary Lou, in 1947. He then drove gasoline tankers for 40 years. He and Mary Lou moved to Bells Beach in Langley in 1990. Clancy quickly became the heart of the neighborhood. He was strong as an ox and sweet as a kitten and always generous with his time and energy in helping his neighbors. He believed in keeping moving and working hard to stay healthy and young. At age 65, he passed the exam to become a South Whidbey volunteer firefighter. He served as a water commissioner for the Saratoga District, and for 10 years, he and Mary Lou ran a B&B cottage on Bells Beach. In 2001 he was designated a Hometown Hero in the South Whidbey Record. He was a good and decent man who loved his wife and family beyond measure. Clancy is one person we all aspire to be like, and our lives are enriched for having known him.
Clancy is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Don Overturf and Willie Overturf; and his sisters, Arlyne Witt and Lila Van Pelt.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, his children, a treasury of grand and great-grandkids and a legacy on South Whidbey that will always be remembered among his amazing number of friends and his beloved Bells Beach neighborhood.
Please join us for a Celebration of Life to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at The Island Church at Sixth and Cascade Ave, Langley, Wash.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent in Clancy’s honor to South Whidbey Community Church, 5142 Bayview Road, Langley, WA 98260 or to www.worldvision.org marked for Vanuatu Relief Fund.