Clyde Todd passed away at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket at 1:07 p.m. resulting from an intra cerebral hemorrhage.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nadine of Chesaw; one brother, Clarence (Hermina) Todd of Tacoma, Wash.; one sister, Vida Mae Erickson of Vancouver, Wash.; six children: Mervin (Carol) Todd of Hanford, Calif., Nathan (Sharon) Todd of Chehalis, Wash., Paul (Marjorie) Todd of Shelton, Wash., Linda (Cory) Dills of Chesaw, Kevin (Rene) Todd of Tonasket and Kimberly Todd of Olympia, Wash.; 16 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Orva and Vida Todd; two brothers; two sisters; two grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Born in Columbia City, Ind., he served in the Army at the end of World War II, and it was later discovered he obtained a pilot license during that time.
He met his wife, Nadine, at a social event in Tacoma. She assisted him in obtaining employment at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard prior to their marriage on her birthday in 1952. Together they raised six children while enjoying camping, hiking, boating and fishing. It didn’t matter to Clyde if he was on a boat in the middle of the bay or a lake, or foraging through branches and stickers along a riverbank, he LOVED to fish! The entire family spent many weekends and holidays fishing Puget Sound on the Sea Toddler, the family’s 22 foot boat. He also enjoyed spending time on property on Protection Island, off Discovery Bay near Sequim. His grandson, Jeremy, who he helped raise, has very fond memories of this island.
Clyde was a “jack of all trades” and “master of most” until his stroke when he was 63. Speech was difficult for him after that and he developed his well known “okie dokie” response that people grew to love. In 1990 he and Nadine bought their property four miles south of Chesaw where he was surrounded by many lake and streams to enjoy his passion. In fact, just prior to his death, he was going through his tackle box in preparation of the Molson Ice Festival. The family dedicated a hole in the ice in his name so family and friends could fish for him.
He was active in the community, attending functions of the Knob Hill Home Economics Association, the Chesaw Community Bible Church and the Tonasket Senior Center.
A memorial service for Clyde will be held at the Chesaw Memorial Community Building on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 10 a.m. with a potluck luncheon to follow. Friends and family are encouraged to reminisce during the service.