Clarence Leon ‘Whistler’ Hurd
Clarence Leon “Whistler” Hurd, 85, passed away Aug. 30, 2012, at his home in Bishop, while working on his pick-up. Whistler was born Aug. 2, 1927, to Margaret and George Hurd, in Britt, Iowa, and moved to Bishop at the age of six. He attended school in Bishop until he joined the United States Navy in 1945 and made his muster call in August of that year and served on the U.S.S. Boise.
Whistler spent his life working as a mechanic, rancher and entrepreneur. He and his business partner Bob George owned and operated several businesses throughout their lifetimes, including Hurd and George Construction and Sierra Materials. Whistler enjoyed hunting, roping, waterskiing and golfing. Mostly, he enjoyed going to work every day. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Masonic Lodge, receiving his 50-year pen in 2001.
Whistler is survived by Gayle Hurd, Sharon Hurd, Bonnie and Ron McGhie, Susan Wood, Margaret Hurd, Don and Wendy McGhie, Tern and Debi Colyer, Liz and Jack Andrews, Laurel, Michael, and Curry Hitchborn, Cody and Courtney Colyer and numerous friends.
Please join Whistler’s family on Sept. 14, 2012, from 4-7 p.m., at the VFW Hall in Bishop, to celebrate his life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bishop Union Automotive Program at Bishop High School.