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Clifford James Keeline

February 14, 1947 ~ July 29, 2022 (age 75)


Clifford was born in Yakama to Ethel Courville and Robert Keeline on February 14th, 1947 and went on to be with the Creator on July 29th, 2022 surrounded by his family in his home on the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation. 

Clifford grew up in Toppenish, Washington then when he was 17 years old, he enlisted in the MARINE Corps turned 18-year-old in boot camp.  He went on to become Helicopter Crew Chief gunner.  His Unit HMN 263 where he served from 1967 to 1969 in Vietnam War where he served as a Sergeant E-5.  Clifford was honorably discharged with two (2) tour, 520 combat missions, 26 air medals.

Cliff went on to be the youngest Chairman for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in 1978 where he took part in the Boldt Decision in Washington DC.  After the war Cliff came home, he settled down and started the beginning of his family with of his family with Helen Gobin-Henson having 3 children where he started working as a logger then moved on his true passion of being a commercial Fisherman.  In 2001 Cliff traveled to Peru where he met the love of his life, Virginia “Vicky” and then gained another son Jefry, then they together had a daughter Milagritos. He was a spiritual man with a great love for humanity. 

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He is survived by his children Bobbi (Voxfini) Keeline-Young, Scott (Tash) Keeline, Joel (Trista & Brittany) Keeline, Jefry Basurto, Milagritos Valencia-Keeline, and Robert (Crystal Keeline, his brother Chester “Buzz” (Shirley) Brown, Ethel “FE” (Tom) Tull and his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Maggie Daniels Barr and Amos Courville, his mother and father Ethel and Robert Keeline, his sisters Roberta, Jeanette Morrison and his brother Johnny, his grandson Daytion Lugo-Hatch and nieces Pamela and Cindy.

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