Clarence Carnal
September 4, 1909 ~ March 11, 2012

The Western Folklife Center has learned with regret that Clarence Carnal, an exceptional reciter of classic poetry of the American West - from Robert Service to Rick Nichols - has passed away at his home in Grand Junction, Colorado.

A Colorado native, Clarence was raised in Montrose and Ouray Counties and spent his early working years on ranches in western Colorado.  He took up reciting poetry when he was 92, performing at the Grand Junction Cowboy Poetry Gathering. We were very pleased and honored to have him join us for the 28th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and to provide a link to YouTube, where others may continue to enjoy the legacy of his poetry.

Clarence is survived by his wife of 76 years, Rose; a daughter, Dolores; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois (Charles) Hays of Ponca City, OK; and many other relatives. A memorial service in celebration of his long and wonderful life will be noon, Friday, March 16, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary. A reception will follow. (Location will be announced.) Memorial contributions may be made to: The Museum of Western CO, Attn. RonnaLee Sharp; The Salvation Army; or the N.R.A. (Information obtained from the Grand Junction Sentinel.)

Read Happy Trails, Clarence! by Sharon Sullivan.