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George Ray Clift

November 12, 1956 — October 9, 2022

George Ray Clift, 65, of Amarillo passed away on October 9, 2022.

Family will receive guests from 4-6:00 p.m., Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St. Public viewing hours will be from 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 16, 2022 at the funeral home. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 17, 2022 at Hillside Christian Church Auditorium, 6100 Soncy. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home.

George was born November 12, 1956 in Odessa, TX to Donald Ray Clift and Rebecca Sconyers Clift. He graduated from Lexington High School in Lexington, OK and attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Oklahoma where he played football and baseball for 2 years. While there, he met the love of his life, Kathi and they married July 16, 1977. He then attended Oklahoma State and graduated in 1979 obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science.

He is preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Don and Jana Clift.

George is survived by his wife, Kathi Clift; daughters, Kari Figuera (Felix) and Megan Newbern (Mark) all of Atlanta, GA; son, Bryan Clift (Jana)of Stratford, TX; brothers, Roger Clift (Mary Sue Adams) of Eureka, MT and Mark Clift (Misty Puls) of Dallas, TX; parents, Donald and Rebecca Clift; grandchildren, Kaytly, Morgan, Ellie, Stella, Felix, George, and Dorothy.

George’s larger than life personality flourished at Oklahoma State University in the ag department. He served as president of Block and Bridle and was selected the Outstanding Animal Science Graduate. He raised three kids with the love and passion for 4H and FFA and always continued to be a huge supporter of those programs.

He began his career with Purina as District Sales Manager where he had many successes. However, after 19 years he “pushed all the chips to the center of the table”(as George would say) and started a new career in real estate & built what is now Clift Land Brokers, the largest farm & ranch real estate firm in the Texas panhandle. He proudly served as State and National President for the Rural Land Institute. George had a bigger than life personality, he influenced & encouraged people - financially helped - touched so many lives. He would strike up a conversation with anybody, he never met a stranger.

When he wasn’t on the phone getting a deal done, he was busy building Providence Land and Livestock in Dallam County and the farm in Sherman County. The Sherman County Farm became his home away from home at the Barndominium that he and Kathi built.  He always said the farm work he was doing was his hunting and fishing time and always looked back on his accomplishments of the day with pride and satisfaction. He enjoyed all his time with his grandkids and the grandkids enjoyed their time with Papa, either watching the kids on the softball diamond, football field, rodeo arena, or the show ring.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made the Oklahoma State University Foundation to the Clift Family Meat Judging Team Endowed Fund (Fund 21-65290). Checks should be made payable to Oklahoma State University Foundation and mailed to the OSU Foundation, PO Box 1749, Stillwater, OK 74076-1749. To give online, go to Please direct questions to: James Ambrose, OSU Foundation 405-880-0708/ or to RLI Land Education Foundation, 430 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Family to receive guests

Saturday, October 15, 2022

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

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Public Viewing Hours

Sunday, October 16, 2022

11:00am - 6:00 pm (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Monday, October 17, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Hillside Christian Church West

6100 Soncy Road, Amarillo, TX 79119

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