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Clinton Calvin Estes Jr.

In his working career he worked in the orchards, operated heavy equipment, and worked on a pack string for the U.S. Forest Service. He worked at Wagner Mill as a sawyer, dozer and loader operator and mill worker; as a miner working mines in Washington, Idaho and California, and later working the King Mine up Alder Creek; at Lloyd Logging operating the crusher and operating heavy equipment; and at Surface Construction driving nails and as a driver.

Clint and Dolly also owned and operated Estes and Son Concrete. After his retirement he returned to his roots and his love for horses and his beloved mountains: camping, fishing and many pack trips with his children and grandchildren.

Clint served as a volunteer on the local ambulance service, Twisp Town Council member, and worked for Claude Miller as a wrangler driving a team of horses for the cowboy breakfasts and dinners at the Sun Mountain Lodge. He loved to read, and created horseshoe art and jigsaw puzzles for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Clint is survived by his wife, Dolly, of Twisp, daughter Jane (Larry) Surface, daughter Sally (Bill) Hofstrand, daughter Susie (Bill) Smith and son Clint (Lina) Estes; 11 grandchildren, Jenelle (Dwayne) Allen, Chad (Stephanie) Surface, Ryan (Tiffany) Surface, Scott (Deanna Melton) Michelsen, Luke Michael, Seth Michael, Andrew (Katie May) Smith, Buck Estes, Levi (Meg) Estes, Addie (Nick) Grow, and Izzie Estes; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his only sister Lillian Lemaster, and one granddaughter, Kristy Lea Mae Smith.

A celebration of life will be held for Clint at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp (the old Twisp High School) on Saturday (Jan. 25) at noon. Family and friends are welcome to join the Estes family for a potluck. Please bring your favorite side dish or salad. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Aero Methow Rescue Service, P.O. Box 66 Twisp, WA 98856 or at aeromethow.org. Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel and the Okanogan County Crematory of Okanogan are caring for the arrangements.