Cleon Earl Anthony Jr. (88) our beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend passed away the morning of May 5, 2019 in Boise, Idaho.
Cleon was born June 9, 1931 to Olwyn Gleason (Hawbecker) and Cleon Earl Anthony Sr. in San Luis Obispo, California. He was the second oldest of four children: Betty, Cleon, Leah Doreen, and Eugene. They lived through the Great Depression and learned to survive on what little they had – a lesson he would carry on throughout his life. “Waste not, want not.”
He spent many years of his childhood in the foothills of Auberry California when his parents purchased a general merchandise store. He lived a while in San Francisco before moving to Fresno and back to Auberry. During his school years he was a trumpet player in the band, a basket-ball player, vice-president, class president, and student body president. He was a natural leader among his peers.
Cleon developed a strong work ethic from the time he was young. As a kid he worked in neighboring yards. He loved yard work, especially the planning and planting. He enjoyed watching plants grow and do well. Perhaps as a result of this early outdoor experience he signed up for the Sierra National Forest Service two years before he was even of age. He continued to work there every summer until he went into military service. Three out of his five years with the Forest Service he worked as a cook, a task he did not enjoy much, for groups of men working on trails.
Cleon enlisted in the Navy on October 16, 1950 and was honorably discharged in August of 1954. He was part of the occupying force in Japan following WWII with Fleet Airwing 6. He served much of his time on the USS Curtis before drydock duty in Hawaii, followed by Bikini Atolls and Eniwetok where they performed the H-bomb tests.
He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Wardona Peverill on October 31, 1953. He spent the first year of their marriage overseas. They were later sealed in the Los Angeles Temple on March 14, 1959. They had four children: Lory, Russ, Terri, and Donnell. Cleon had a love of learning and reading. He was always underlining and marking up books as he read. He was a self-taught man and knew he could work his way to success if given the opportunity through hard work. He had ventures in several small businesses before starting his own real estate company-Anthony Investment Properties. He was proud of the company that he built, and it proved to be quite successful.
They lived forty years in the foothills of California at Millerton Lake in Madera County. This house became known as “The Lake House” by children and grandchildren and was home to many treasured memories shared by family and friends. He loved his home and all the surrounding wildlife. In the early mornings you could find him sprinkling oat out for the deer or seed on the railing for the birds. At night he enjoyed watching the raccoon families.
Cleon was known for his sense of humor and quick wit. He was described as always being one step ahead. He enjoyed teasing and giving others a bad time, but that only meant he liked them. He enjoyed making others laugh. He also loved to debate and would often invite others over to discuss religion, politics, and their views on the world. He loved to fish and go on day trips or camping trips to different lakes. He must have learned to like cooking as he seemed to develop a passion for it in his later years. He was known for his spaghetti and macaroni and cheese by all the grandkids.
Cleon is preceded by Shirley Anthony, his wife of 66 years, his mother (Olwyn Gleason), his father (Cleon Anthony Sr.) and his siblings Betty and Doreen. He is survived by his four children, ten grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.
A short “graveside” service will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm in the VA cemetery in Boise, Idaho. A small luncheon will follow at the Latter-day Saint chapel on S. Maple Grove Rd. Arrangements were made through Relyea Funeral Home in Boise. For more information visit relyeafuneralchapel.com