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Clarence V. Platt

Oct. 13, 1943 - Oct. 24, 2019

Date of Service: Oct. 30, 2019

BURLEY – Clarence V. Platt, a 76-year-old Burley resident, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at his home.

Clarence was born October 13, 1943, at home, in Burley, Idaho, to Claude and Flora LaVela Platt. He joined big brother, George and sister, LaVeda.

Clarence grew up going to school at the old Overland Grade School with his best friends, LaMont Dugley, Danny Day, Scott Osterhout, Steve Langer and Lanny King. They were all life-long friends. He attended junior high and high school in Burley, Idaho.

In 1961, he married Lynn Bateman before he left for the Army National Guard at Fort Ord, California. He was there during the assassination of President Kennedy.

Clarence and Lynn had a daughter together, Lisa Marie; and they were later divorced. While working at Ore-Ida Foods, Clarence met the love of his life, Sharon Dirk. They married in April of 1965, and were married for 54 wonderful and adventurous years. The union of Clarence and Sharon brought four children: William Michael, Kelly Dean, Christy Ann, and Scott Brian.

Clarence went to work for the J.R. Simplot company, where he worked for 35 years. In 1997, he was forced to retired due to major heart problems. Later, he join C.A.D. to have something to do; he was also a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and served as chairman of the Waterway of Minidoka County. Clarence was a part of the Idaho Rangers. He also coached Bambino and Little League Baseball with his boys, as well as football.

He loved bowling, fishing, hunting, camping, and watching football with his boys. He also had a passion for telling tall tales.

In fall of 2013, he became a bus driver for the Minidoka School District; in this he had found his perfect job. He treated those kids as though they were his own; strict, but fair.

Clarence is survived by his wife, Sharon; and their children; as well as 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; brother and sister; daughter, Lisa Marie; and six grandchildren.

We thank God for letting us have him for the length of time we were able to have him. We ask God to keep him safe, until his resurrection, when we meet him again.

A viewing will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley.

The funeral will be held the following evening, Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m., also at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, where friends and family may gather beginning at 5 p.m. Military rites will be performed by the Mini-Cassia Veterans Group.