Olan “Cliff” Teel January 15, 1943 - February 8, 2023
Cliff passed away on February 8, 2023, at his ranch in Clover Valley of natural causes at the age of 80. He was born in Oklahoma City, OK to Houston & Clarice Teel.
Cliff was raised in rural east Texas until his early teens when they moved to California where they often worked in the many orchards and fields in the area. At the age of 16 he struck out on his own working various jobs. He was working pipeline construction in the Mountain Home, ID area when he met & married Pattie, his wife of over 60 years. They and their daughter moved to Las Vegas, NV in 1963. Once there, he worked in various jobs such as roofing, furniture design, moving & setting up mobile homes. It is there that he met George & Mickey Brunell and their family who then became the first of our” extended” family. Not long after that they had an opportunity to work on a ranch in Caliente, NV. For the next six years while working on the ranch Cliff rekindled his love for livestock & ranching. They moved to Elko, NV in 1971 where they bought their own land in Kittridge Canyon and built their first home. While living and working in Elko, the “extended” family grew. He joined the Laborer’s Union & later the Operating Engineers Union. Later in life he often said that he had worked on every highway in the state of Nevada. But he always dreamed of having his own ranch so after their daughter Terri graduated, they moved to Clover Valley, NV in 1981 and on land they had purchased over the years, again built a home and a ranch, where he lived until his passing.
His joy was ranching and working with livestock. A self-made man, jack of all trades, he built many things and repaired many more, giving “new life” to them. He could look at most anything, including old ranching equipment and either fix it or transform it into something new. He passed these passions along to many others over the years. Family and friends loved sharing stories with Cliff for hours at the kitchen table, hunting or just anywhere they may have gathered. He also loved to fish and hunt and made countless close friends over the years who came to call his ranch their “second” home.
Cliff was a strong and loving husband, dad, papa, great papa, uncle, mentor and fearless friend. He was a warmhearted man who loved people and would help anyone in need not expecting anything in return. He never met a stranger, only people who had not yet become his friend. He was a mentor to many and passed on his great knowledge to all who needed it, even if they didn’t know it yet. He especially loved his grandchildren, great grandchildren and any others who happened to show up at the ranch. He looked forward to any time he could spend with them, whether it be hunting, fishing or just teaching them how to drive a tractor or just doing anything to make them happy. His second love was probably his animals, having a wide variety over the years, from a South American Honey Bear to Ostriches and of course the traditional dogs and cats and ranch livestock. He was especially fond of his mules.
He is preceded in death by his brothers Lester Teel Sr and Fred Pugh Sr. He is survived by his wife Pattie of over 60 years; his daughter Terri Dutcher, granddaughter Tami (Vernon) Heater, great-granddaughters Madi & Noni, step grandson Robert (Alice) and son Jayden Dutcher all of Reno, NV; Siblings John (Linda) Pugh Jr. and family of Florence, OR; Joyce Lee (Ray) Sullens of Guthrie, OK; Ray Pugh of Shoshone, ID and Cindy (Mike) Moreland of DeBerry, TX; Niece Deena (Tiger) Barnett of Shoshone, ID; their children Casey (Jon) Negley of Mountlake Terrace, WA; Cody (Megan) Barnett and their children of Gooding, ID; Nephews: Nick (Patty) Teel and their children of Elko, NV; Lester Jr (Judy) Teel and their children of Carlin, NV; Fred Pugh Jr and son of Henderson, NV; John (Katrina) Pugh and daughters of La Luz, NM. As well as numerous “extended” family members.
We are all honored to have had him in our lives. He was loved and will be deeply missed.
The family has chosen to honor his memory with a celebration of life.
We have decided, at this point, to have the Celebration on Sunday, May 28th, at the ranch, since it should be a 3-day holiday weekend for those of you who maybe traveling. We thought of gathering about 2 pm for a late lunch/early dinner AND a time to share Cliffs life. We will furnish the food, drinks and such. So, if you could please RSVP by May 15th with the approximate number who may be able to attend. It will help a lot so that we can get everything purchased. You can reply to this email or text or call 775-752-0553 or drop us a note at HC 60 Box 205 Wells, Nevada 89835.
For those of you who will be traveling from out of town, we will have limited sleeping space. But we will have some space for dry camp RV’s or below is a list of Local RV Parks or Motels in Wells for your convenience.
Angel Lake RV Park 124 Humbolt Ave 775-752-2745
Crossroads RV Park 734 6th Street 510-701-2801
Mountain Shadows RV Park 807 Humbolt Ave 775-752-3525
Welcome Station RV Park 9 miles W of Wells on I 80 775-752-2736
There are also several state park campgrounds in the area if interested.
Hampton Inn Hyway 93 by Love’s Service Stn 775-752-2099
Motel 6 1561 E 6th Across from Petro 775-752-2116
Rest Inn Suites 1509 E 6th Across from Petro 775-752-2277
Sharon Motel 635 6th Street 775-752-3232
Super 8 Motel 930 6th Street 775-299-4997
We hope to see you here to share your memories of Cliff. You are encouraged to bring any pictures or other memories you wish to share. Safe travels to you all..
Love and Hugs, Pattie and Family
In lieu of sending flowers or planting a tree, the family would prefer a donation in Cliff's name to either:
St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital:
Ways to Give - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org) www.stjude.org/give.html
Shriner's Hospitals for Children:
Donate to LoveShriners.org today | Shriners Hospitals for Children® (lovetotherescue.org) donate.lovetotherescue.org/give
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