Francis "Bud" William Clifford

May 3rd, 1948September 6th, 2021

You will remember him perhaps via nicknames of: Bud, Frank, Cliffy, Budman, Dad, Grandpa, Gramps, Papa, Franky-Billy, or FOX31.

After a courageous battle with cancer, Francis William Clifford, of Boulder, Co. passed away at home surrounded by loving family.

Bud grew up in Riverdale, Ill before his parents moved their 5 children to Broomfield, Co. in 1962.   After attending Cathedral High School in Denver '66, the University of Notre Dame '70, and the U.S. Army (where he was a Field Artillery Captain and an Airborne Ranger), he worked at Coors Brewery as a Financial Director from which he retired.

His marriage to Susie Cassel brought him the 3 greatest prides of his life: (Todd, Natasha Stetson, and Jill Whitmore).  They then brought 10 more joys (Justin, Bailey, Riley, Matthew, Ian, Jake, Ellie, Zach, Luke and great granddaughter Bella).

Throughout his life, Bud enjoyed participating in many sports: high school & college basketball & football, and later: softball, snow and water skiing, tennis, camping, & fishing. International travel, gardening assistant, and food of all kinds also brought Bud great enjoyment.  The game of Scrabble proved his word skills .... to the disappointment of his competitors.

Bud is survived by his devoted wife Alice Ranney, his loving children, grandchildren, great grandchild, brothers, sister, nephews, nieces, and cousins.  His many friends, whom he held dear through all walks of his life, know who they are and how much he cherishes them.

In remembrance of Bud's life, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, any charitable donations be made to Sacred Heart of Mary Church, The American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.

Among Bud's final words were:  "Let's Party!!"


Visitation will be held at Darrell Howe Mortuary on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 from 11am to 1pm. Everyone is required to wear a mask or face covering while in the building, we greatly appreciate your cooperation.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 17th, 2021 at 10am at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church with a reception at the church immediately following. For questions about COVID restrictions within the church, please call (303)494-7572.


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Such a wonderful friend & colleague. So many will miss Bud but so many exceptional memories to comfort us. I expect he’ll be watching and rooting on his beloved Notre Dame with his mother, father and sister Cathy. Tom Van De Bogart
Bud, thinking of you brings to mind Tim McGraw's song " Live Like You Were Dieing" You fought this vial disease like a Ranger. You had a bucket list and I believe you accomplished what you wanted. You included me in your family and I could really be called Uncle Bill but another name was hung on me Billy Bob Brubakers.Another name came up and I cherish to this very day "BABBS". Bill. Mary and Ryan will miss you my dear friend. Proost
Praying for you peace and comfort. God bless.
We are heartbroken at the loss of our dear friend & Army buddy. He has been an inspiration to all of us and always offered a kind word & helping hand. We will forever remember our times together as young officers in Germany with the fun, hard work & mischief we got into. We are so fortunate that the four of us (Peter, Hank, Bud & myself ) continued to stay in touch since those early years. Rest In Peace Captain. Go Irish . We love you, Ron Pfenning
Bud, you were the rock and foundation for class Cathedral ‘66. Please know how much we appreciated you and how loved you are. We will miss you so much, friend. Thank you for all you gave us. God bless you and your family, and may all of us cherish the wonderful memories. Kathy Malone
Bud was one of those people I will never forget because he was larger than life, and lived life to the fullest. I am inspired to be more like him. I doubt he had any regrets or experiences he hadn't tried. May God bless the family and friends during this time of deep grief.
He was a fun guy, laughter, a part of his daily life and a joy to be around. I am raising a Cold Coors as I remember Bud. Rest in peace!
Bud surely will be missed. I work for Bud directly at Coors and he was my boss for two years. I always enjoyed him and his support in my position. He was excellent boss. Bud was a very competitive in all activities and especially in sports. We all will missed his friendly smile and enthusiasm. Paul Asmus
My deepest condolences to Bud's family. I'm so sorry you are gone, but relieved you are out of pain. RIP Bud!!
I served with Bud in the 2/5th Field Artillery Regiment in 1971 and 1972 and we have been friends ever since. Bud was an excellent artillery officer and a great friend. Although we seldom met in person, we emailed and texted several times most weeks. In all the years we have been friends, I can’t remember us ever having a disagreement. He was truly a great guy and I miss him. Hank Holzapfel
Frank was in numerous classes with me at Cathedral High School and was always a leader. He has held our class together through many reunions and will be missed. May God hold him in the palm of His hand. Eileen Wiseman- fellow bluejay