Clifford Paul Cichowlaz, 69, passed away on Friday, March 18, 2016 in Haw- thorne. He was born on Sept. 4, 1946 on Coronado Island, San Diego, Calif. to Raymond and MaryLou Cichowlaz, both United States Navy veterans.
He graduated from Righetti High School in 1964 and received his degree in Business Administration in 1975 from Chapman College. In 1967, he married Kathy Johnston (Peterson). He joined the U.S. Army in January of 1968 and served one tour of duty in Vietnam where he served as Sgt. with the First Air Cavalry. He was awarded many military awards including two Silver Stars, one bronze star, the Army Commendation Medal with “V” for heroism, the Air Medal and the Vietnamese Medal for outstanding action. He was named a hero upon his return from Vietnam. After a year, in 1971, he moved his young family to Babbitt, Nev. where he started his working career at the Hawthorne Army Ammunition Plant in the engineering department. Several years later when offered a job with Day Zimmerman Basil Corp., he decided to accept and was promoted to General Manager in 1994. He retired from DZ/SOC in 2011 and served as Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality for Day and Zimmerman for an additional four years, fully retiring just last year in January of 2015.
Always interested in community service, Cliff spent his retirement years as a Mineral County Commissioner.
In Cliff’s early years in Hawthorne, he was appointed to the Mineral County Planning commission (1980) and was a Little League coach for the “Giants” 1976 to 1983, including being the head coach for one of the Little League All-Star team. He donated his engineering skills to our local Care and Share building, the addition to the Presbyterian Church and the Mineral County High School patio project.
In his later years Cliff became instrumental in the BRAC Committee; flag pole project; securing a county beach at Walker Lake; serving on several statewide boards and commissions; Judicial Discipline Commission; Governor’s Military Council and various other organizations including Ducks Unlimited; Economic Development Board; Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club. He was a teacher of business administration at Western Nevada Community College in Hawthorne for several years during the 1980’s.
Cliff and Kathy, who were married for 30 years, had three children, together: Scott Cichowlaz of Henderson, Shannon Townsend of Boulder City and Susan Cichowlaz who died shortly after birth. In 2000 Cliff married Beth Donahue. He and Beth spent the remainder of his years very happily married residing in Hawthorne.
Cliff is survived by his son Scott; daughter Shannon; first wife Kathy; their grandchildren and great grandchildren and his sister, Sandra Creamer (Kardell); several cousins; his wife Beth; her children : Diane; Deanna; Tommy and Roger; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Cliff was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan in 1972; his parents, Raymond and MaryLou Cichowlaz and his brother, Robert Cichowlaz.
A full military grave side service will be held at the Hawthorne Cemetery on Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m. with a Celebration of Life to be held following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Cliff›s name to either the Hawthorne Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2313, P.O. Box 2312, Hawthorne, NV 89415 or the Hawthorne American Legion Post 19, P.O. Box 1491, Hawthorne, Nevada 89415.