Obituary — Clifton Harry Wright |

Obituary — Clifton Harry Wright


Clifton Harry Wright, M.D. of South Lake Tahoe passed away on May 19, 2002 with his family at his side.

Dr. Wright was a well known and respected G.P. and surgeon in the community since 1959. He delivered the first baby born at Barton Hospital and was the personal physician for Harvey Gross and Bill Harrah for a number of years during the 60’s and 70’s. Dr. Wright was a very popular doctor with the local folks and visiting celebrities as well.

“Clif” was born in Santa Cruz on May 30, 1924 to Cecil and Alyss Wright. He spent his early childhood in Oakland and then moved to Modesto, Calif. During his high school years, Clif was an avid roper and involved in rodeo activities. His father had hopes of Clif becoming a professional roper. Much to his dad’s dismay, Clifton’s interest turned to medicine. Clif became a medic in the Navy after high school. He attended Stanford University after the service, and worked his way through school making hand tooled saddles (Clifton always attributed his neat surgical skills to his saddle making abilities). He graduated in 1950.

Clif married Bonnie Baker, during his college years and had three children, Susan, Clifton (Skip) and Robert. After a number of years, the marriage ended, and Clifton relocated to South Lake Tahoe. He opened numerous medical offices over the years, the last one being Tahoe Minor Emergency, now Tahoe Urgent Care.

Clifton married Caren Miller in 1996, and they have a little boy, Carson, born December, 2002.

Clif had a great zest for life, but his main passion was flying. He combined his love of profession and aviation. He serviced several medical emergency rooms all over the state by flying his own plane to where he was needed.

He is survived by his wife, Caren and infant son Carson; daughter, Susan Wright Berry of Modesto, sons Clifton “Skip” Wright and his wife Carole of Turlock, Calif., and Robert “Rob” Wright and his wife Leslie of Modesto, Calif., grandchildren, Scott, Ann, and David Berry; Mark and Michael Wright, Nathan and Ben Wright. Graveside services are being held this afternoon. Clifton will be sorely missed by friends and family.

“May his soul and spirit soar with the Angels.”

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