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Clifford Elkins

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Clifford Elkins passed away on October 31st in the company of his beloved wife, Claire.

Cliff grew up in Denver, graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute, and served in both the U.S. Army and Marines.

He graduated from Georgetown in 1958 and was a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon professional fraternity.

Cliff specialized in railroad regulation and spent much of his career lobbying in Washington, DC. He was the Director of the Association of State Transportation Officials under the Reagan Administration and eventually served as a City Councilman in Surprise, AZ.

Cliff loved rooting for Georgetown and the USC Trojans. He was a Masters Nat'l race walking champion and enjoyed dancing, politics and traveling.

He was so proud of his military service and actively participated in supporting the Surprise White Tank Marine Corp Division, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Service.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Margit, and daughter Alana Fishman. In addition to Claire, he is survived by his son Lorren and grandchildren Maddie, Cam, Brian, and Michael.

Cliff received love and support from his four stepchildren: Bonnie, Vincent, Merry Ann and Rita. His step-niece, Chameine, provided tender care.

He loved spending time during his final years at Temple Sinai in Pittsburgh. Donations can be made at