Jul 182012

Clarence Elmer “C.E.” Wheeler, 84, of Farmington N.M., returned home to his Father in Heaven on Saturday, July 14, 2012, surrounded by family and friends in Monroe, Utah. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, July 21, in the Aurora 1st Ward Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 85 N. Main, in Aurora, Utah, where friends may call from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Clarence was born October 11, 1927, in Red Mesa, Colo., to Elmer and Lucy Lee Ledford Wheeler. He grew up in Waterflow, N.M., where he graduated from Kirtland High in 1946. He married his high school sweetheart, Celia McGee, on Dec. 17, 1946, for time and all eternity in the Mesa Arizona Temple.
He began his lifelong career of owning and running trading posts on the Navajo and Hopi reservations. He started at Smith Lake in 1947, and shortly thereafter went to Na-ah-tah, Keams Canyon, Polacca and Piñon trad-ing posts. In 1961 he bought Upper Greasewood Trading Post and in 1976, Round Rock Trading Post. Clarence was fluent in Hopi, Navajo and Tawah. He loved and served the Navajo and Hopi people for most of his life, and will forever be known as “Chis chilly yazzie.”
Clarence was a lifelong member of the LDS church, and served faithfully in many church positions, two of which were branch president of the Polacca branch for the Hopi Saints, and he later served in the Sunday school presidency for the South West Indian Mission.
He had a great love of sports, and enjoyed assisting Farmington High and Piedra Vista High football pro-grams. Notably he was the man on the sidelines waving the white towel.
Clarence was one of a kind, a great dad, gramps and friend to all.
Survivors include his “sweetheart” Celia of 65 years; his children, Sheila (Stewart) Smith of Snowflake, Kathleen (Delbert) Lloyd of Aurora, Lamar Wheeler of Show Low, Gene (Judy) Wheeler of Ephraim, Utah, Joe (Debbie) Wheeler of Farmington and Kristee Lee Wheeler of Aurora; 21 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ila Ruth Larson of Seattle, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Joe and Ralph “Hoppy” Wheeler.
Magleby Mortuary of Richfield, Salina and Manti, Utah, was in charge of the arrangements.