Clifford Mack Caruthers, Dec. 19, 1935-Aug. 27, 2012, of Columbia

Monday, September 24, 2012 | 4:12 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Clifford Mack Caruthers died suddenly at his home in Columbia, MO, on August 27, 2012. He was 76. Born in Saffordville, KS, on December 19, 1935, to Clifford Maurice Caruthers and Anna Marie (Bridges) Caruthers, he spent his first six years in Saffordville, and remembered playing and listening to St. Louis Cardinals’ games on the radio at his uncles’ garage. After a stint in Wichita during WWII, the family relocated to Purdy, MO, and Mack (as he was known for most of his early life) lived on the small family farm until his graduation from Purdy High School in 1953. There his interest in sports, particularly baseball, thrived. To his parents’ chagrin, he also began bringing home stray cats and dogs, a habit he maintained into his later years.