In 1964, Cliff was sent to Anchorage. He survived that year’s Good Friday Earthquake swaying in a multi-story building and, ''leaving footprints on the backs of the guys that stood between me and the door outside.'' This was his first taste of Alaska. Apparently he wasn't too shaken up.
He soon moved to Kodiak. In 1965, he took a fishing job from his father, Slim Trueman. Cliff helped Slim fish and manage the many Uganik set net sites that Slim had pioneered. For years, Cliff spent summers fishing in Uganik, including at his set net site, Miner's Point. He spent winters trapping around Blue Fox on Afognak.
Cliff also beach seined, purse seined, and jointly owned the Gertrude Ann and Northern Brazil (named for the region in the world with the highest rate of prostitution). Frost bite, shipwrecks, flooded skiffs, near-starvation -- Cliff endured it all in his pursuit of fish and fun.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Cliff took a bit of a respite from his hard living ways. He somehow captured the affections of the sweetest woman around, Pam Grantham (Reed). Together they had two children, Carrie and Matthew, and with the two that Pam already had (Anjuli and Gustav). Briefly , Cliff became domesticated. He stayed home and cared for the children, watched Cubs baseball on WGN, and coached the brood to sing ''Take Me Out to the Ballgame'' alongside Harry Cary. The kids grew up with a full family of ''uncles'' who called the Grantham-Trueman home their own. The family spent summers beach seining at Packers Spit and anxiously awaited fish camp each year.
The last few years, Cliff spent ample time with his buddies at the American Legion. He loved sports, poker, Bacardi rum, his friends, and the most steadfast love of his life, Kodiak.
Irreverent, ornery, witty, good-humored and with more lives than a cat, Cliff surprised everyone, including himself, by being one of the last men standing of his generation. He died in Kodiak on April 22, 2014. He joins a full crew of merrymakers in the great beyond, and leaves still kicking on earth his children, Anjuli Grantham of Kodiak, Gustav Grantham, and Matt Trueman of Portland, Oregon, Carrie Trueman of Dallas, Texas, and his sister, Karen Monahan of Richfield, Washington.
Please join family and friends at the American Legion on Saturday, May 3 at 6PM for Cliff's wake. Please bring a dish and stories to share. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Legion Robert G. Blair Post 17 in Cliff's memory.