Clinton Calvin Estes Jr., 86 of Twisp passed away at his home on January 14, 2014. He was born in Okanogan, Wash. on Jan. 31, 1927, to Clint and Edna Estes. When he was four years old, his family moved from Paradise Hill to their new homestead up Twisp River. Clint attended school in Twisp.
As a young man growing up on a working farm, Clint helped bring the family's cows’ milk into town to the Twisp Creamery.
He married Dolly Mae Graves of Okanogan, Wash. on August 17, 1950.
In his working career, he worked in the orchards, operated heavy equipment, and worked a pack string for the Forest Service. He also was a sawyer for Wagner Mill, dozer and loader operator and mill worker, a miner in mines in Washington, Idaho and California, and later worked the King Mini up Alder Creek. He worked for Lloyd Logging operating the crusher and operating heavy equipment, 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 where he enjoyed camping, fishing and many pack trips with his children and grandchildren.
Clint served as a volunteer on the local ambulance service, Twisp City council member, 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, create horseshoe art, jigsaw puzzles and his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Clint is survived by his wife, Dolly of Twisp; daughters, Jane (Larry) Surface, Sally (Bill) Hofstrand, 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 Twisp Community Center (old Twisp high school) on Saturday January 25, 2014, 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, Wash. 98856 or at aeromethow.org.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel and the Okanogan Co. Crematory of Okanogan are caring for the arrangements