Cloyd Henline

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Cloyd Henline died Jan. 15, 2008 at RTA Hospice in Payson. He was born Jan. 24, 1916 on a small ranch east of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon to Claude and Lulu Pearl Hazlett Henline.

He grew up in Walla Walla, Wash. and the Los Angeles area before going to work at the Goldroad Mine near Kingman. Goldroad was the beginning of Henline's lifelong interest and successful career in the mining industry.

World War II was a time of frenzy for the industry as the demand for metals -- particularly zinc and lead -- moved into high gear. Later he started his own company specializing in unusual products, such as a tape able to withstand temperatures of 800 degrees to be utilized by nuclear research facilities developing nuclear power plants.

Over the next decades, his work took him to many areas of the United States and the world in association with major companies such as 3M.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed exploring the mountains of the West on horseback pack trips for relaxation.

He retired to Payson with his wife, June, in 1984 and continued his exploration of scenic areas with the Payson Packers hiking group and by 4-wheel drive. He also worked out regularly at the Payson Athletic Club into his 90s where his cheerful response to queries of "How are you?" was "I'm old and decrepit."

He was preceded in death by his wife June, in 1998. He is survived by his daughter Linda Klepacki of Phoenix, five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and many friends.

A celebration of Henline's long life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 at the Payson First Baptist Church on Main Street.

Donations of appreciation may be made to RTA Hospice, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541.

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