Clifford Willett ‘Buster’ More: 1913-2004
Longtime Yampa Valley resident Clifford Willett “Buster” More died Jan. 31, 2004, in the home of Wayne and Teresa Pollard near Silt, where Buster resided for the last year and a half of his life. He was 90, and his death followed a short illness.
Buster was born July 10, 1913, on the mesa in Routt County to Frank and Ada Reagan More, who were both children of pioneer residents of the county.
Buster attended Mesa, Morrison Creek and Pleasant Valley schools. He earned his own living after graduating from the eighth grade by working for ranchers in the valley.
He met Dorothy Hitchens at a dance in Milner, and they eloped to Meeker, where they were married on April 9, 1938.
The couple moved to their permanent home on South Side off Colorado Highway 33 just before the birth of their daughter, Bonnie.
Buster earned his living through farming and ranching, an occupation that he loved.
Dorothy passed away in September 1966. Buster married Betty Wright Thompson in 1971, and he continued to farm and ranch until 1978, when he retired to Grand Junction to get out of the snow.
Buster was widely known throughout the Yampa Valley, and he was always willing to come to the aid of any neighbor in need. He was a member of the Routt County Sheriff’s Posse. He loved to dance, fish, hunt and play pinochle. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Buster was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Dorothy Hitchens More; a sister, Iona Camilletti; and two grandchildren, Jerald and James More.
He is survived by his second wife, Betty Wright Thompson; four children, Bonnie Wisdom of Kansas City, Mo., Wayne More and his wife, Becky, of Steamboat Springs, Glenn More of Denver and Wade More and his wife, Marcia, of New Castle, Wyo.; six stepchildren, Jean Snyder and Teresa Pollard of Silt, Harry and Todd Thompson, Luanna Iacovetto of Steamboat Springs and Nancy McAnally of Arizona; three brothers, Vern, Dick and Tommy; three sisters, Dorothy Canning, Wilma Susmilch and Betty Deines; 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at Rocky Mountain Baptist Church in Rifle. Pastor Roger Ferguson officiated. Buster’s children and friends of the family participated in the service by sharing memories of his life. Kara Iacovetto sang “Red River Valley” and “Amazing Grace.”
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