Martha Allison Messner Cloran
February 14, 1949 - August 21, 2017
Martha Allison Marty Cloran was born to Ernest Lincoln Messner and Kathryn Fayette Hertzog on Valentine's Day 1949 in Pasadena, California. She was the younger sister of Ernest Lincoln Messner, Jr. She attended public schools in the City of San Marino where the family resided. She graduated with honors from San Marino High School in 1967.
Later in 1967 she left the Los Angeles area to attend Willamette University where she joined the Alpha Phi sorority. It was a connection that was to last for the rest of her life. Marty graduated from Willamette University with a degree in mathematics and a teaching certificate in 1971. On July 31, 1971, in Los Angeles, she married 1st Lieutenant William F. Bill Cloran. Bill was then a law student on delay from active duty. Bill returned to school in the fall to complete his last year and Marty was off to a year of teaching in Reedsport, Oregon.
In November 1972 Bill and Marty were assigned to Hill AFB in Utah were they remained until Bill was assigned to Udorn RTAF, Thailand. Marty had enrolled in an accounting program at Weber State College now University. She remained in Utah completing her second bachelor's degree with a 4.0 grade average in less than 2 years. In January she made a trip to Thailand and joined Bill for two months.
In July 1975 Bill returned from Thailand and the couple were posted to McChord AFB inTacoma, Washington. There they welcomed Francis Joseph Cloran on November 6, 1975 and
Timothy John Cloran on August 26, 1977. In January 1978 the family left for an assignment at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Bill left active duty in February 1980 and the family moved to The Dalles where Bill was City Attorney.
In 1984 Marty persuaded Bill to take a position in Salem. She has been part of the Salem community ever since. Marty began her teaching career again in the Salem Keizer Schools teaching high school math until approximately 2007 when illness made that impossible.
Marty's roots in the community are deep. She has been a member or an officer in Gallery Guides, Soroptimists, Assistance League and other community activities. She has worked on various projects for the Willamette University Alumni Office. She worked to establish Alpha Phi again on campus. Marty has also been a member of the United States Figure Skating Association and the Portland Ice Skating Club.
Marty is survived by her husband, William F. Cloran, Col. USAFR and by her sons Francis J. Joe Cloran, Lt. Col. USAF MC and his wife Sun Ae Sunny, and, Timothy J. Tim Cloran. She has two granddaughters children of Joe and Sun who were the delight of her later years Gabrielle Anne Gabby Cloran and Renee Kathryn Cloran. She is also survived by her brother Ernie and his wife Lynn; their children Katie, David and Sarah; and David's son Matthew.
In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, the family recommends donations in her name to:
The Portland Ice Skating Club, Jack Snyder Memorial Fund, c/o Celia Chan, President, 4836 SW Western Ave., Beaverton, OR 97005 www.pisc.org, The Salem Art Association, Gallery Guides, 600 Mission St. SE, Salem, OR 97302 www.salemart.org, Assistance League of Salem-Keizer, 1095 Saginaw St. S. , Salem,OR 97302 www.assistanceleaguesalem.org, or To your favorite charity.
Memorial service will be held 1:00 P.M. Monday, August 28, 2017 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.