• Bradbury Memorial Center Staff

Clifton Crettlen Hale

Updated: Mar 19

June 11th, 1930 to February 13th, 2021

Clifton Crettlen Hale, 90, passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2021, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He had lived in Havasu since 2009.

Cliff was born on June 11, 1930, in Jacksonville, Texas, to parents Crit Hale and Ollie Mae (Davenport) Hale. Cliff was a retired U.S. Marine veteran who served his country for 20 years as an Aviation Electrician.

Cliff was described by his family as amazing, kind-hearted, compassionate, and an exceptional man. He loved to help everyone and never wanted to see people struggle.

Cliff met his wife Shirley when she was working as a server at a restaurant in Anaheim, California. The couple was engaged for 19 years before marrying on September 8, 2001, in Laughlin, Nevada. Cliff was a loving husband and best friend to Shirley for 20 years. In all, they spent 39 years enjoying each other’s company.

Cliff owned his own forklift business and is remembered as someone who was dedicated enough to work 7-days-a-week.

Gambling, horse races, football, singing karaoke, and playing the guitar were among Cliff’s favorite things to do. Cliff and Shirley also enjoyed several weeklong ocean cruises, including the one that was a gift for them on their honeymoon.

One year, it was with Cliff’s goofy hunched-over bowling approach that he used to release his ball down the lanes of the bowling alley that earned him a towering 4-foot bowling trophy. He took first place at an amateur bowler’s tournament that day, which has left his family in disbelief and laughter ever since.

A hobby of collecting bicycles and refurbishing them to like-new condition before dispersing them to less fortunate kids at Christmastime kept Cliff busy throughout each year. The bicycles were either donated through organizations helping kids in need or provided on an at-need basis when Cliff would learn of a kid who fit the criteria. Three years ago, Cliff gave 17 bicycles to 17 kids in the Kingman area at Christmastime.

Cliff is survived by his loving wife Shirley, his son Russell (Kim) Hale, his daughter Karen Baltazar, his son Robbie (Shawna) Hale, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Cliff also is survived by their family dog, Baby Girl.

Cliff was preceded in death by parents Crit and Ollie Mae, three sisters, sons Mike Hale and Mark Martinez, and his daughters Denise Marie and Cheryl Hale.

A memorial service for Cliff will be a, private family visitation set for 11a.m. to 1p.m. on Saturday, March 20, at Bradbury Memorial Center.