Clarence Walter Auckly
August 6, 1922 - June 27, 2013
Clarence Walter “Speedy” Auckly passed away June 27, 2013 with his family, Marian, Shannon and Dave at his side. He married the love of his life, Marian Sparks on Sept. 7, 1963.
He was born Aug. 6, 1922 in Phoenix and lived there until retirement.
In 1982 he retired as a captain from the Phoenix Fire Department after 33 years of faithful service.
His nickname, “Speedy” came from the years he spent auto racing. He won three midget championships in the late 1940s and raced NASCAR in the 1950s. He last drove a racecar when he was 72.
In 1941 he enlisted in the Navy. He served as an aviation metalsmith first class in the Pacific Theater for four years during World War II, leaving the Navy at age 23 at the end of the war. Before joining the Navy, he worked with Arizona Ironworks, Luke Air Base and Lockheed. Mr. Auckly loved hunting, water skiing, camping and travel. He even went on a successful hunt when he had a full leg cast. At age 80 he brought home a 6-x-6 elk. Upon retirement, he moved to the house that he built east of Payson.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 27 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 S. St. Phillips St.
Donations in Mr. Auckly’s name may be made to the 100 Club, which provides immediate assistance to the families of public safety officers and firefighters that are injured or killed in the line of duty. For details, go online to 100 Club at www.100club.org.