Clifford C. Carnes

Jun 18, 2014 Staff

Clifford C. Carnes, of Riverton, died Monday, June 16, 2014, in Riverton. He was 84 years old.

There will be a private service.

Clifford C. Carnes was born June 6, 1930, in Charleston, W.V., the son of William and Ethel Carnes. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force and then worked in the aerospace industry for many years.

His family said he was instrumental in launching the first Pershing missile test at Cape Canaveral, Fla. They said he loved his work which took him across the country in 1979 to Hercules Aerospace in Utah and later to California and Texas. He retired from Lockheed Martin in 1992 after 40 years of service.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

His family said he enjoyed working with computers, discussing politics and relaxing with his dogs. After retirement he spent many years traveling and eventually moved to Pavillion with his wife, Dixie Carnes. R32;He is survived by his wife; stepchildren Tracey Stevens (Larry), Ernest Alexander (Jill), Dawn Alexander and Leslie Brause (Robert); children Tony Carnes and Judy Petty; brothers Pete Carnes (Ginny) and Richard Carnes (Wanda); and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. R32;He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Brittney Wilson; son Chris Carnes; parents; brother David Carnes; and sister Eloise Carnes.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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