Cliff died on June 12, 2022, at his home in Glenrock, WY at the age of 89. He was born on June 22, 1932, in Fort Jones, Siskiyou County CA, to Clifford Alvin and Mary Harris Hammer. He graduated from Etna High School, and later attended California State University, Chico. He served in the United States Navy as an aerial photographer. Cliff was a longtime resident of Chico and worked as a Journeyman in the sheet metal industry. He was known for his talent in the design and creation of commercial illuminated signs.
Cliff loved skiing. He was a Professional Ski Patrolman at Mt. Shasta Ski Bowl from 1958 to 1960. Later, he was a volunteer Ski Patrolman at Lassen Park Ski Area. He served several years as National Ski Patrol’s Northern Regional Director. Skiing was a family passion, and Mineral, CA was their other home in the winter where he bought a cabin. His children were both Lassen ski instructors and joined him every weekend. His familiarity with the area gave him the opportunity to work a summer at Lassen Volcanic National Park as a seasonal Park Ranger. He loved sharing the story about the time he had to trap and release a black bear!
Growing up on a ranch in the country, Cliff loved hunting, fishing, and camping. He never missed the opening weekend of deer season on Mt. Eddy with his Mount Shasta family. He looked forward to occasional hunting trips to Wyoming, where he later moved because of his love of the area and the people he met. Though he loved trout fishing in smaller creeks and lakes, after a long day at work, shad fishing on the Sacramento River was his joy. The family would pack a picnic and sit on the bank watching him catch-and-release for hours!
Cliff is survived by his former wife, Sandy Hough of Mount Shasta, and their two children: daughter, Stacey Hammer Love (Bob); son, Aaron Hammer (Darla); and grandchildren Matt and Sam Love, Colby and Lane Hammer. He had one brother, Leslie Ray Hammer, deceased, (Mary Parker).
A graveside memorial will take place in Cliff’s hometown of Fort Jones, CA in October.
Memorial donations may be made to the Glenrock Senior Center, PO Box 783, Glenrock, WY 82637. Over the past few years, these giving and lovely folks provided such caring support that gave Cliff the option of living in his home.
Posted online on August 01, 2022
Published in Mount Shasta Herald, Siskiyou Daily News