On June 12, 2020 after a long and courageous struggle since multiple strokes in 2015, Cliff has finally left the ranch and GONE FISHING in heaven. Born April 4, , 1938 to Paul Schmid and Clarice Campbell Schmid, he was raised in a log house near Telluride, Colorado, on the family ranch, now one of Colorado's famed Centennial Farms. After serving in the U. S. Army in the 1960's as a member of the O. S. A. in Central America, he returned to attend Fort Lewis College. He had a practice as a survey engineer in Durango, Colorado, working for mining companies throughout the western United States and Mexico. For the past 25 years he and his wife, Caryl, have lived on a small cattle ranch near Ignacio, Colorado. He was a poet and storyteller, and in 2013 published a contemporary western novel titled "Mis(s)Fortune", and was working on a sequel since.
He is survived by his wife, stepchildren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, siblings, a myriad of cousins, nieces, and nephews, and "foster kids" whom he mentored and loved. He has blessedly gone to reunite with some fine horses and his beloved cow dogs.
A graveside service at the family cemetery on Wilson Mesa on September 19th and Celebration of Life open house at his home in Ignacio on September 20, 2020 are planned.