Tom and Gail Clifford will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on March 4, 2017. They were married in Parma, Ohio, on March 4, 1967. At that time, Gail was a senior at Western College in Ohio and Tom had just completed Officer Candidate School and was headed to Heilbronn, Germany to serve with the 237th Engineer Battalion. They spent two years in Germany before Tom received his orders to Vietnam.
Tom’s career with the U.S. Forest Service started in Happy Jack, Arizona. They moved often during their 18 years in Arizona and Gail taught math at local schools. Tom was transferred to Helena in 1993 where he served as supervisor of the Helena National Forest until 2004. Gail worked with the state Department of Public Health and Human Services. Both are retired now and enjoying their life in Montana.
Tom and Gail have four children and eight grandchildren. Their oldest, TJ, lives in Meridian, Idaho, with his wife Ida and two sons, Andrew and Ian. Daughter Sarah lives in Manassas, Virginia, with husband Bob Weaver and sons, RJ and Tyler. Son Justin lives in Castle Rock, Colorado, with his sons Bridger and Caden, and daughter Erin lives in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, with her husband David Fryer and their children, Alexis and Colton. A family celebration is planned in Florida in June with the children and grandchildren.