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Clarence Champ, 89, of 127 S. Excelsior, retired manager of the Butte General Electric Co. office, died Wednesday [November 13, 1974] at a local hospital.

Born Nov. 19, 1894, in Winlock, Wash., Mr. Champ attended Washington schools and graduated from Washington State University with a degree in electrical engineering. He later went to Schenectady, N.Y., where he took the GE test training course before entering the Navy during World War I. After the war, he spent a short time in the GE Chicago office before being transferred to Butte in 1919. He became manager of the office in 1924.

Mr. Champ participated in many major electrification projects in Montana, including electrification of the Anaconda Co. mining, smelting, and refining operations, the BA&P and Milwaukee Road railways and the Montana Power Co. He retired in 1949.

He was a past president of the Butte Country Club and a member of the Rotary Club, Summit Valley Masonic Lodge, Montana Commandery, Baghdad Temple of the Shrine, Montana Society of Engineers, American Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

He is survived by his wife, Ted of Butte; brother Ralph of Enumclaw, Wash.; sister Ruth Wallis of Bremerton, Wash. and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Wayrynen – Richards Funeral Home with the Rev. John S. W. Fargher officiating. Entombment will be in the Mount Mariah Mausoleum.

Montana Standard Butte Montana, November 14, 1974
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman

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