Obituaries: Clarence Byron "Tony" Cover(1917-2008)

January 07, 2008 11:00 pm

Clarence Byron "Tony" Cover passed away due to complications following appendicitis and pneumonia on Dec. 25, 2007, at Ashland Community Hospital.

Tony was born March 10, 1917, to Carlos Cover and Grace Williamson Cover in Youngstown, Ohio. He graduated from Boardman High School in the Class of 1936, where he was a champion pole vaulter and played trumpet in several bands.

Following high school, Tony worked in the steel mills in order to save enough money to start college at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. There he met Marilyn Magness, whom he married in 1942. After two years in college, World War II began and Tony entered the Navy, where he taught celestial navigation. Following his discharge in 1945, Tony resumed his studies at the Ohio State University at Columbus, receiving an M.A. in Education.

Tony worked for three years as dean of men at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, before chronic hay fever necessitated a move away from his home state. Tony built a house in Estes Park, Colo., where he and his family lived for six years. After being offered a position as building coordinator at San Diego State University, Tony and his family moved to Lakeside, Calif.

After retiring in 1976, Tony built and lived in homes in Idyllwild, Calif., and along the Smith River in Crescent City. In 2001 he and Marilyn moved to Ashland, Ore.

Tony led an active life, exemplified by his continual involvement in home construction, maintenance and repair. He had a lifelong interest in photography. Tony became an avid sailor while living in the San Diego area.

With Marilyn, he enjoyed constructing sets and performing with the Lighthouse Repertory Theater in Crescent City. Until the final weeks of his life, Tony continued to invent, work on projects around the house, and philosophize.

He is survived by Marilyn Magness Cover, his wife of 65 years; a sister, Dorothy Cope, of Salem, Ohio; a son, Tom Cover, of McKinleyville; daughters, Janice Therien, of Medford, Ore., and Beverly Cover, of Anchorage, Alaska; a grandson, Matthew Cover, of Berkeley; and many cousins, nephews, and nieces.

A celebration of Tony's life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Eureka Symphony (P.O. Box 776, Bayside, CA, 95524), where Tony's son, Tom, plays