Clyde Williamson Van Deren and and Helen M. Van Deren

12:26 pm September 4th, 2013

Clyde Williamson Van
Deren, born December 17,
1913 in Cornville, Arizona,
and Helen M. Van Deren,
born May 26, 1914, in Gravity,
Iowa, are together again.
Dad died on August 14,
2013, and Mom predeceased
him on March 1, 2003.
They met on a dude
ranch in Wyoming in 1934.
Dad was a cowboy who
drove horses to and from
Arizona for the ranch and
who wrangled dudes and
horses during the summers.
Mom taught in a oneroom
schoolhouse in Iowa
in the winters and waited
tables during the summer at
the ranch. They were married
on April 9, 1939, and
dad subsequently worked
in the airplane industry for
early Pan American, Howard
Hughes, Boeing, and
many others. Dad never lost
his love of Arizona and his
family carries on an abiding
affection for all of Arizona’s
beauty and history.
Mom and Dad settled in
Eatonville in 1952, where
they raised strawberries
and cucumbers, and their
three daughters, Clydene
Bolinger (Pete) of Methow,
Washington, and Cottonwood,
Arizona, Marywave
Van Deren (Gary A.
Jacobson) of Tacoma and
Cottonwood, and Lauralee
Van Deren of Eatonville.
They are greatly missed by
their three daughters and
their families of 10 grandchildren,
22 grandchildren,
and 4 great-grandchildren.
Grandson Donald Van
Deren Hanks and his wife
Cherie live in Rimrock
with their three children
and own Tire Pro Automotive
in Cottonwood,
Sedona, and Camp Verde.
Nephew Emmett McMenamin
lives in Cornville.
All three daughters own
homes in Cottonwood.Clyde-and-Helen-Van-Deren[1]-web

5 Responses to Clyde Williamson Van Deren and and Helen M. Van Deren

  1. Patty Rath Reply

    September 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Just the nicest people you would ever meet. I remember as a child going with my mom and picking strawberries at their farm. They had the best strawberries. Mrs.Van Deren always had the sweetest smile and so nice to everyone. She always had a twinkle in her eye,so kind. I m sorry for the lose of both of your parents. They were nice,kind and very hard working. They were two of Eatonville’s treasured citizens. God Bless you all.

  2. Bobbi Allison Reply

    September 9, 2013 at 7:58 am

    The Van Deren’s were the best people. Like Patty, I went with my mom to pick strawberries, but more got eaten than put into the containers. You hear the saying…”Salt of the earth”, that was this family. They will be missed.

  3. Dan Fugate Reply

    October 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

    My first paying job was working for Helen and Clyde in the 1960’s. Looking back, they taught me alot about honest work, family and friendship. Our family participated in summer picnics with a few other families in the area which included the Van Deren’s. Good food, friends and games for us kids after baling hay. Helen and Clyde are always in my mind when I think about my youth. I miss them.

  4. Margie White Powell Reply

    November 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I spent many sleepovers at the Van Deren home. I remember when Mr. Van Deren was “blasting” stumps, clearing property for new strawberry fields. Lauralee and I would run to the next stump to be blasted and hide! I remember Mrs. Van Deren always cooking something good for use to eat. Although, I gotta admit, I never tried her blood pudding! They were wonderful people and will never be forgotten. Love to Clydene, Marywave & Lauralee.

  5. Aleta Sivertson Harned Reply

    November 23, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I was so sorry to see that your dad passed, you all have my heartfelt sympathy,I have many fond memories of your mom and dad ,they will be in my heart always.

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