Clarence Marion Yarnell, passed away on April 23, 2020 in Colville, WA at the age of 104. Clarence was born on January 16, 1916 in Cashmere, WA the son of James Marion and Tina Laura (Stalder) Yarnell. He began grade school in Cashmere before the family moved to Hanford, WA. They then returned to Cashmere where he graduated from high school in 1934. He attended the University of Washington where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in forestry in 1941. On June 4, 1942, Clarence married Kathleen Lipman and together they had two boys. Dennis was born in 1943 and Ron in 1946. Clarence worked in the shipyards on the coast and then went into business with his parents in Startup, WA. There they owned and operated a grocery store/gas station. Clarence began teaching while in Startup on an emergency teaching certificate. He continued his education at Western Washington University in the summers where he received his Master’s degree in Education. Clarence taught at the mid-grade level (primarily 6th grade) for the greater part of his career. He retired as the Vice-Principle and teacher in the Sultan School District in 1976. Kathleen passed away of cancer in November of 1978 after 38 years of marriage to Clarence. Clarence found love again and began a 30 year marriage with Gladys (Higgins) Turner in 1980. They eventually moved to Hunters, WA where Clarence and Gladys first built a log garage and then their log home. He enjoyed a long retirement where he and Gladys shared extensive time with family, traveling, square dancing and being involved in community activities. Gladys passed away on Feb. 16, 2010 in Chewelah, WA. Clarence remained in Hunters and maintained his independence until the age of 100 when he moved to Quail Hollow Assisted Living. In December of 2019 he moved into Buena Vista Nursing Home where he resided until his passing.
   Clarence had a great appreciation for the outdoors and enjoyed time hiking, camping, fishing, backpacking, kayaking and many other activities. He and Gladys traveled across the U.S., up to Alaska and into Canada to see the natural wonders such as the turning of the leaves and to visit family. Clarence and Gladys also traveled to Hawaii for a touch of sun and sand. His adventurous spirit led him to Alaska for many years where he visited his son Ron, sharing backpacking and float trips until the age of 95. Clarence was an honest, trustworthy man who loved in a way that made him a great husband, father, grandfather, citizen and respected man. His love never played favorites as he and Gladys combined their families into one. He was always someone to look up to and the grandkids always said “if Dad can’t fix it, Grandpa will”! Clarence was preceded in death by his sister, “Bert” McKellar and a step son, Jack Turner.
   He is survived by his two sons, Dennis Yarnell (Theresa) of Addy, WA, Ron Yarnell (Lynn) of Fairbanks, AK; three grandchildren, Tracy Roberson (Robert), Lisa Henderson (Ernest), David Yarnell (Kariane); 9 great grandchildren, YeoWon and Kimberly Yarnell, Aiyana, Lakotah and Chandra Henderson, Samantha, Allie, Madeline and Lucas Robertson; 1 step-son, Bill Turner (Pat) of Long Beach, WA; step-daughter-in-law, Edie Turner of Ephrata, WA; 7 step grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, extended family and friends.
A graveside service for Clarence M. Yarnell will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at the Sultan Cemetery in Sultan, WA where he will be laid to rest beside his wife, Kathleen. A Memorial service will be held at a later date at Cedonia Community Church in Cedonia WA. Memorial contributions may be given to the Cedonia Community Church or the charity of your choice. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.