Clyde B. Aukerman
Published in The Olympian on August 6, 2009
Clyde B. Aukerman,
90, a resident of the Olympia area the past 68 years, died Tuesday, July
28, 2009, of congestive heart failure at Providence Mother Joseph Care
Clyde was born May 2, 1919, in Lincoln, NE, the son of Lloyd and Pearl
Following his high school graduation, Clyde attended the University of
Nebraska at Lincoln, where he played football for two years. The St. Louis
Brown professional baseball team then drafted him and for two years he
played in their farm league system.
On Christmas Day, December 25, 1940, Clyde was united in marriage to Doris
Mae Marsh. In 1941, they settled in the Olympia area where he worked for
the Olympia Fire Department. Clyde enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 and
spent time in the South Pacific.
He later served at the at the navel fire fighting school on Treasure Island.
He was an instructor, and taught naval personell how to extinguish boiler
room and other fires on ships at sea. He was honorably discharged on November
15, 1945, and returned to his position at the Olympia Fire Department.
Clyde was also instrumental in the development of the area in and around
He started a commercial and residential construction company that built
many homes and apartments in the area. The company also built many of
Panorama City Retirement Housing and Clyde was later hired to over see
all construction for the Panorama Corporation.
In 1963, he was hired by the Labor and Industries Department, as a Washington
State Fire Marshal. He retired from this position in 1983, He was an avid
golfer, hunter, fisherman, who in later years enjoyed the winters in Arizona,
playing golf and making new friends.
Mr. Aukerman is survived by sons, Terry Aukerman of Renton, John (Charlene)
Aukerman and Robert Aukerman of Olympia; daughter, Judy (Donald) Wirtz
of Jesup, IA; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandson.
His wife, Doris, preceded him in death in 1999.
Memorial services and inurnment in Masonic Center & Memorial Park
Cemetery will be held at a later date. The family request memorial donations
be sent to the American Heart Association.