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Dr. Clifton F. Horrell Jr.

March 19, 1932 — December 3, 2023



Dr. Clifton Frederick Horrell Jr. was born on March 19, 1932, at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento to Clifton Frederick Horrell Sr. and Virginia Ellen Davenport Horrell. He is survived by six children: Deborah Jones, Clifton Frederick Horrell III, Richard W. Horrell, Christopher Horrell, Alyssa Horrell Se, and John Horrell. Sadly, his son Michael Horrell passed away in 1986 at the age of 16, and his grandson Jeremy Jones passed away at 24, approximately nine years later, both in a tragic car accident. He is also preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara (mother of Debbie, Skip - Clifton III, and Richard); second wife, Joanne (mother of Christopher, Alyssa, Michael, and John); and his third wife, Sharon. Dr. Cliff Horrell was an only child but ended up with 19 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Cliff's early career was rooted in the family business, "Horrell and Sons" Heating and Air, Plumbing, and Sheet Metal in Oak Park, California, where he began working as a teenager and eventually became a company director in later years.
His educational journey started at Sacramento High School, where fond memories of playing football and captaining his team held a special place in his heart. His eyes would light up recounting victories, especially when his team triumphed over McClatchy High School, then champions and a formidable opponent. Despite receiving football scholarships from three universities, he chose to attend Dental School. He pursued education at Sacramento Jr. College, The University of California Davis, and the University of California Dental School in San Francisco, earning his dental degree in 1955.
Before entering dentistry, Cliff served in the Air Force as a radar operator during the Korean War, an experience that shaped his early years.
Apart from his professional pursuits, Cliff had a lifelong passion for stamp collecting, being an active member of the Sacramento Philatelic Society and owning Camellia City Philatelic Service, operating from his home for many years. Upon retiring from the stamp business, he generously donated thousands of stamps to Boys Town in Nebraska.
After dental school, he practiced dentistry for 45 years, initially associating with Dr. Durst on Capital Avenue and later with Doctor William Parker on Scripps Dr. in Sacramento, retiring in 2000.
He was an active member of various clubs in Sacramento, including the 20-30 Club, the Executive Club, SIRS, and the Over the Hill Club. His retirement was marked by joyful travels across Europe, Asia, Hawaii, and within the U.S.
In his later years, when living alone became a concern, he found solace in the home of Kiet and Alyssa and their family, where he received exceptional care, especially from Kiet.

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