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Joe C. "Clif" Masters – August 29, 2017

Joe C. “Clif” Masters ended a long journey and began eternal life Tuesday night, August 29.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. (CST), Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Amarillo Church of Christ.  Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. (MST), in San Jon Cemetery in San Jon, New Mexico.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Born in Goree, Texas in 1926, then moving to New Mexico to graduate high School at the early age of 16. He started his education, briefly interrupted by a stint in the US Army during WW II in the Philippines.
Returning home to finish his education, he married Helen Cunningham before graduating and moving to San Jon, New Mexico. Legend has it, she stated it would do until he could get a good job. He stayed 31 years at the school, teaching Math and Science at multiple levels. He helped build and establish a church in San Jon and often preached there as well as other locations in the area.
Loved fishing, and especially camping at Southfork near Bonita Lake in Ruidoso. Close to 20 summers of camping, making hobo pies, starting campfires, and watching hummingbirds and bears. Repaired radios and televisions for many years, and kept a large portion of his garage sale finds.
After retiring, he was employed by Adult Probation and Parole in Clovis, New Mexico where he remarked he might run into some former students.
Clif was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa.  He is survived by  his wife, Helen Masters, of Amarillo; two sons, Frankie Masters and wife Jakie of Amarillo and Phil Masters and wife Linda, of Little Elm; a daughter, Elaine Masters, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; a brother, Clay Masters and wife Glenda, of Roswell; a sister, Emagene Sanders, of Green Forest, Arkansas; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Moving to Amarillo in 2012, he united with family and friends that once were his “kiddos” at the campground. An active member of the Amarillo Church of Christ, often encouraging youth, and college students to move to a positive place in their lives.  He influenced many lives through teaching and preaching, and all had to taste his sense of humor which never left him, even in the last days of his life.
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  • Cheryl Stalings Posted August 31, 2017 10:59 am

    God received a precious angel. RIP in Barbi you will be missed. You brought a smile to every person you came in touch with. I will miss you. Prayers and comfort for the family.

  • Karen Barlett Posted August 31, 2017 2:50 pm

    I am sorry for loss. My love thoughts and prayers go to Helen and the rest of the family. If you need any thing just let me know.

  • Sherry Chappell Jones Posted September 1, 2017 4:04 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of time spent with your family. We plan on being at the funeral with dad.

  • Kim Avaritt Hester Posted September 7, 2017 6:03 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Clif’s passing. I have many fond memories of visits that your family made to Arkansas. Helen, you and Clif held a special place in my parents’ hearts. We love you and pray that God blesses you and the family with peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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