We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Tri-Lakes Funeral & Cremation
Erwin Dale Cluff, 85, graduated from mortality May 11th, 2022, following his beautiful wife four months after her death. His funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, June 2nd at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 8710 Lexington Drive in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920. Visitation will be from 10:00 – 10:45 AM. If you would like to send flowers, please visit https://www.trilakesfuneral.com and click on the “Send Flowers” link.
“Dale” was born on April 15th, 1937 in El Segundo, California to Melvina and Lavon Harvey Cluff. He served a two-year church mission in the East Central states in the United States at the age of twenty. Following his church mission, he enlisted in the military and served in the Army, where he served as a Company Clerk in Marina, California. This is where he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Millet. Dale and Beth married in the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple on October 28, 1960. They raised six children – four boys and two girls.
Dale received a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Utah, a Master’s Degree of Library Science from the University of Washington and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Utah. He worked in the University of Utah libraries for about ten years before moving his family across the midwest to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. After two and a half years in Illinois, Dale became the Director, and later Dean of Libraries at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he retired in 2001.
Dale dedicated his life to the Lord and family. He served faithfully in many church callings, such as Bishop, Patriarch and as President of the Lubbock, Texas Temple for 5 ½ years. He enjoyed playing racquetball and basketball, as well as hiking. He spent his last six years caring for his dear Beth from her onset of Lewy Bodies Dementia until her passing on January 15, 2022. He anxiously awaited their reunion.
He is survived by his six children, Scott Cluff and his wife, Mandy; Catherine Sweet and her husband, Bob; Doug Cluff and his wife Sandra; Lauralee Angell and her husband Greg; Paul Cluff and his wife, Kim; and Jonathan Cluff and his wife, Erica. Dale has 33 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.