Longtime Juneau resident Dr. Clifford Dale Lobaugh passed away Jan. 5, 2011. He was 74 years old.
Cliff was born in Seattle on June 24, 1936 to Irvin Leroy and Josephine Lobaugh. His family owned a meat market in the Ballard District.
As a young man, Cliff had a passion for nature. He achieved the honor of Eagle Scout. His love of the outdoors led him to work for the National Park Service in Olympic National Park. While in college, he worked for Fisheries Research Institute in Bristol Bay and on the Kenai River. He attended veterinary school at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. There he met and married his wife Sharron McGinnis. He received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1962 and moved to Juneau in July of that year.
He opened the first private veterinary practice in all of Southeast Alaska and the Yukon Territory. For many years he held weekend clinics in Sitka, Ketchikan, Whitehorse and other surrounding communities. He was joined by Dr. Pat Taylor and Dr. Lisa Kramer at the Southeast Alaska Veterinary Clinic. He served on the Board of Directors for the Gastineau Humane Society. He retired in 1996.
Cliff loved hunting, fishing, hiking and exploring. He and his family hiked the Chikoot Pass several times. Annually, he journeyed on a 50-mile cross country ski trip with friends from Juneau. He hiked the entire 200 miles of the Telegraph Trail in British Columbia. As one of the founders of the Juneau Group of the Alaska Chapter of the Sierra Club, he led conservation efforts to seek Wilderness status for Admiralty Island and protection for other Southeast Alaska areas.
After retiring, Cliff concentrated on gardening on Admiralty Island. He became a master gardener and gave presentations at local and state wide conferences. He was fond of raising primroses.
He is survived by his wife Sharron; sons Brick (Tonya), Skiff (Mindy), Dale and Tim Lobaugh; grandsons Talon and Flynn Lobaugh of Juneau, and granddaughter Karlesa Lobaugh of Wasilla.
A celebration of life is being planned for June. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sierra Club’s John Muir Society, 85 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, the Gastineau Humane Society, 7705 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801, or Jensen-Olsen Arboretum, 23035 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801.