Clifford Warren Martell (1951-2000)
Clifford Warren Martell was born November 20, 1951, in Provo. He graduated from Provo High
School and received a B.S. and M.A. from Brigham Young University. He served an LDS mission
in Thailand. Before his death, Cliff was teaching sixth grade at Timpanogos Elementary School
where he was Teacher of the Year for several years and was in Who's Who Among American
Cliff married in the Manti Temple on August 6, 1976, and was blessed with six beautiful
children, who were the joy of his life. Cliff was a blessing to the world, spreading sunshine
and love. He was active in the Mormon Church and was the executive secretary in his Hillcrest
6th Ward, in Orem, Utah. He helped people before they asked and will be missed by
all who knew him. When he died, his family and colleagues helped set up the Cliff Martell
Memorial Fund to benefit Timpanogos Elementary School.
Cliff was survived by his wife and their six children, his parents, his sisters, and his
Cliff committed suicide in the Western Desert, near Tooele, on March 4, 2000. He was 48
Cliff is buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Springville, Utah.
"Beloved Teacher's Death a Suicide," The Daily Herald, Wednesday, March 15, 2000, p. A2.