Clyde Victor Musty
Clyde was an enigma, a genius of sorts, a gentle soul, a patient teacher, a lover of bits of gossip, a friend and a neighbor to an entire community.
When Clyde left Southern California to look at a gas station for sale in Colton, Oregon, he said he came around the four corners at Meadowbrook, looked up at the mountains and knew he was home. That was in 1967. After graduating from college, doing a tour in the United States Army, working for IBM and an engineering firm, he was ready for rural life. With the help of his "boys" , Bob Nolz and Pete Dostert, whom he looked upon as his sons, his business flourished. After ten years of residing in the old mobile, Clyde built a home next to what we all call "Clyde's" 76 station.
During the years that followed, Clyde mentored many Colton High School students by hiring them to work at the gas station, teaching them the fundamentals of working on cars and never tired of instilling a good work ethic in the local youths. Clyde also served as Colton's fire chief for 14 years and spent a total of 32 years working with the fire department. He also served as a board member for Colton Water District for 20 years.
Clyde loved road trips, local and long distance. Once while driving from Colton to New York to visit family, he called to say he was driving through downtown Chicago at 85 miles an hour. When asked if he should slow down so he wouldn't get a ticket he laughed and said "Oh my, everyone is driving 85 miles an hour - no policeman would be able to pull anyone over" . Clyde thought this was great. He loved the freedom of the open road.
Once retired, Clyde continued to tinker with his lectronics, "work" the stock market, read his beloved Wall Street Journal, eat his favorite cinnamon rolls and time marched on.
Clyde recently passed away at the age of 96 leaving a hole in some of our hearts. He was a truly unique gentle man. And "Clyde's" 76 Station lives on - his legacy to the Colton community and to a life lived his way.